Alabama rot is a relatively new disease to the UK and has been confirmed in a total of 25 counties since 2012.
In December 2017; veterinary specialists Anderson Moores confirmed three new cases in Cumbria, Monmouthshire and Devon.
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Alabama rot is caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney, leading to skin lesions and ulceration and, in some cases, kidney failure.
The skin lesions seen are a symptom of the disease rather than being traumatic wounds from an injury. Typically the skin lesions have been below the knee or elbow.
They may present as a swelling, a patch of red skin or a defect in the skin (like an ulcer). Over the subsequent two to seven days the affected dogs have developed clinical signs of kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and tiredness.
It is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected.
While the cause of Alabama rot is still unknown, the only advice we are aware of is to wash down your dogs legs and stomachs after each walk.
As far as is known, it cannot be passed from one dog to another, but if you have any concerns please speak to us.