Alabama Rot: A rare but deadly disease in dogs
April 21, 2017
Alabama Rot, also known as cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CGRV), is a rare but potentially fatal disease in dogs. Although Alabama Rot is very rare in the UK, there’s been a recent spate of cases, and it’s worth checking your dog regularly for symptoms. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Best Friends Vets in Christchurch if you need more information.
Check your dog regularly for symptoms
Symptoms of Alabama Rot
The first sign of Alabama Rot is usually swelling, redness, or ulceration of the skin that is not due to injury. Dogs often lick at sores, so make sure that you investigate any area that your dog licks persistently.
- Typical appearance: An open, ulcer-like sore, or a patch of red skin
- Typical site: Paws, legs, belly, muzzle or mouth
If you find a sore that fits this description contact us at Best Friends Vets as soon as possible. If your dog does have Alabama Rot, the sooner it receives treatment, the more likely it is to survive. But remember that most skin sores are NOT caused by this disease.
Dogs with Alabama Rot often develop severe kidney problems 1-9 days after skin problems appear. This leads to:
- Reduced appetite
Once the disease has got to this stage it requires more intensive treatment.
Preventing Alabama Rot
As the cause of Alabama Rot is unknown, it is difficult to give specific advice about prevention. However, it may be helpful to wash any part of your dog that gets wet or muddy, especially between November and May, which is when most cases have occurred. But until we know what causes this condition, vigilance is the best way to prevent serious disease:
- Check regularly for skin problems
- Check any area of skin that your dog licks persistently
- Contact us at Best Friends Vets if you are in any doubt about the significance of a symptom