Stop the rot

Sporting Shooter - - Gundog Experts -

Q What can I do to pro­tect my dogs from Alabama rot? I keep read­ing about cases, in­clud­ing one lo­cal to me this spring, and I’m very wor­ried.

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VICKY PAYNE replies: Cu­ta­neous and re­nal glomeru­lar vas­cu­lopa­thy (of­ten called Alabama rot) is a rare but usu­ally fa­tal dis­ease. De­spite a lot of re­search, the un­der­ly­ing cause of UK cases has not been iden­ti­fied, but sim­i­lar dis­eases have been linked to bac­te­rial tox­ins. Most cases seem linked to muddy wood­land, so wash­ing dogs off af­ter ex­er­cise has been sug­gested as a pre­cau­tion; this also helps you to see the skin le­sions ear­lier.

It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that even in ‘hotspots’ only a tiny pro­por­tion of dogs ex­er­cised in the ar­eas have be­come ill. This web­site has great in­for­ma­tion, and an in­ter­ac­tive map of sus­pected cases: www. vet­s4pets.com/ stop-alabama-rot

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