Stop the rot
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.
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