Dear Vicki Any news on this Alabama Rot? I am wor­ried for my three dogs as they all love muddy pud­dles and there is nowhere else that gives them a good run ex­cept the woods. There have been cases of Alabama Rot in a few places in the UK re­cently but, de­spite ex­ten­sive re­search in this area, vets are still not sure what causes the dis­ease and how to pre­vent it. Wash­ing your dog af­ter ev­ery wet or muddy walk may be of ben­e­fit but this has yet to be proven as an ef­fec­tive method of pre­ven­tion. The im­por­tant thing for own­ers to do is check their dogs af­ter ev­ery walk for any un­ex­plained red­ness or sores on the skin, par­tic­u­larly on their paws, legs, face, mouth or tongue. In many cases, the cause of these sores will not be Alabama Rot, but it’s im­por­tant for a vet to ex­am­ine your dog and rule it out be­fore it de­vel­ops into kidney fail­ure. I have an 18-mon­thold Stafford­shire bull ter­rier cross-breed who, when meet­ing peo­ple or even if my fam­ily visit, pees ev­ery­where and jumps up al­most to their head height! How can I stop this be­hav­iour? IT is dif­fi­cult to give ad­vice on the be­hav­iour un­til the cause is iden­ti­fied as ei­ther anx­i­ety or ex­cite­ment. I would rec­om­mend mak­ing sure you are giv­ing him enough ex­er­cise on a daily ba­sis as it sounds like he has a lot of en­ergy! I would also take him for a checkup at the vets to make sure there is no med­i­cal rea­son he is uri­nat­ing when he meets peo­ple. Your vet will also be able to rec­om­mend train­ing classes where you will be able to get pro­fes­sional ad­vice on teach­ing your dog ba­sic com­mands. WWW.PDSA.ORG.UK

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