April 9, 2019

Alabama Rot - What You Need to Know

What do you need to know about Alabama Rot, its symptoms and, most importantly, how to prevent your pet getting it?

With an Alabama Rot case recently confirmed in North Wiltshire local dog owners are understandably concerned – so what do you need to know about the disease?

CRGV, commonly known as 'Alabama Rot', was first identified in greyhound dogs in the USA in the 1980s. The disease can cause potentially fatal kidney failure.

While the actual cause is unknown it is believed that Alabama Rot is picked up on dogs' paws and legs on muddy walks. The disease can affect dogs of any breed, size, age or gender.

Cases of Alabama Rot are more common between the months of November and May.

Symptoms of Alabama Rot include:

  • Skin sores, ulcers or lesions - often on the lower leg but also on the face, mouth or tongue
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Exhaustion 

Dog owners can reduce the risk of the disease by:

  • Washing off woodland mud after walks
  • Checking for signs of Alabama Rot (like sores on paws and legs)
  • If in doubt call the vet if you are worried your dog may be infected

While the disease can be fatal it is worth bearing in mind that Alabama Rot is still very rare, and it is important to make sure that your pet still gets plenty of exercise.

At Binky’s we are fully aware of the risks and dangers of Alabama Rot and are putting every possible measure in place to protect your pets – including washing all dogs’ feet after every walk and ensuring the hygiene standards in our van are consistently at the highest level.

You can help support the research into this deadly disease by donating to the Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF).

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