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Another 2 cases of Alabama Rot

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by fernlady, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. rottiepointerhouse

    rottiepointerhouse PetForums VIP

    Feb 9, 2014
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    There is a map towards the bottom of this page - you can enter your postcode and it gives the number of cases within a 20 mile radius


    It shows 23 cases within 20 miles of us - 3 pretty close. We have not altered our walking habits and I don't wash off mud. One of the reasons I don't is because I feel its more likely you will cause an abrasion to the skin allowing any bacteria from the mud to enter so I prefer to let the dogs dry off naturally in the car (on some vet bed) although mine are rarely proper filthy as we can stick to forest tracks.


    Alabama Rot : Diagnosis and prevention

    What does CRGV look like?

    The first sign that is normally seen is a skin sore not caused by any known injury. Most commonly, these sores are found below
    the elbow or knee and appear as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or are open and ulcer-like. Within approximately two to
    seven days, the affected dogs develop outward signs of sudden kidney failure which can include

    vomiting, reduced hunger,


    an unusual tiredness.

    Skin sores and sudden kidney failure are not unique to this disease alone, and are actually more likely to be
    caused by some other disease. Your vet will run a number of tests to determine the underlying cause.

    How would my vet diagnose CRGV?

    Your vet will first need to examine your dog’s

    general health. Keeping detailed records of what

    signs of illness your dog exhibited and when those

    signs were discovered will help your vet to narrow

    the possible causes. Next, your vet will want to

    examine any skin sores to try and determine how

    they could have been caused. Your vet may then

    run one or more blood and urine tests to evaluate

    kidney function. These may need to be repeated

    over several days to establish whether there are

    any trends that would indicate a deterioration in


    How can I prevent my dog from becoming affected?

    As the cause of CRGV is still unknown, there is no

    known way to prevent your dog from contracting

    the disease. Unlike the Alabama Rot that presented

    in US Greyhounds, the disease in the UK does

    not seem to target any specific breed, age, sex or

    weight of dog. Although there have been cases of

    closely associated dogs becoming affected, it is not

    yet known whether the disease was passed between

    them or whether the dogs simply became affected

    at the same time due to their common lifestyles

    and local environments. It does appear there is

    some seasonal fluctuation to the disease, with the

    majority of cases appearing between November and

    June. So far there have been no identified cases of

    a human contracting the disease from their dog.
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  2. fernlady

    fernlady PetForums VIP

    Feb 27, 2013
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    Post-mortem results back on the chocolate lab & the vet has confirmed that it wasn't Alabama Rot. Still very sad that he was gone so quick :(
  3. Keith 66

    Keith 66 PetForums Junior

    May 25, 2017
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    Article in the Express yesterday about AR, research now suggests a possible link / cause in a similar disease in fish & amphibians.
  4. HarlequinCat

    HarlequinCat PetForums VIP

    Nov 29, 2012
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