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Dog owners warned over deadly flesh-eating disease Alabama rot


The disease affects the dog’s kidneys and can cause ulcers and lesions to develop on the skin. Alabama rot also known as also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy) can prove fatal.

There is no known cure for Alabama rot and it has 90 per cent mortality rate in dogs.

So far this year there have been 23 confirmed cases of the condition in the UK.

Previous cases have been identified in Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, Surrey, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Staffordshire.

The current condition of the dog in York is unknown.

In total, the UK has now seen 274 confirmed cases of the condition.

The disease was first detected in the UK in 2012.

The cause of Alabama rot is still unknown but its believed the condition is picked up on the dogs paws and legs during muddy walks.

Experts recommend you wash off woodland mud, check for signs of CRGV and if in doubt call a vet.

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“January and February are typically our highest case number months and, sadly, this year was no different.

“We’re advising dog owners across the country to remain calm but vigilant and seek advice from their local vets if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions.

“Treatment primarily revolves around intensive management of the acute kidney injury and is sadly only successful in around 10 per cent of cases.”


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