Dog own­ers urged to stay calm over Alabama rot rise

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The Coun­try­side Al­liance (CA) has urged dog own­ers to re­main “calm yet vig­i­lant” fol­low­ing re­ports that cases of the lethal Alabama rot have dou­bled over the past year.

More prop­erly known as cu­ta­neous and re­nal glomeru­lar vas­cu­lopa­thy, this rare dis­ease is of­ten fa­tal in dogs, with ini­tial symp­toms in­clud­ing skin le­sions on the legs, chest and ab­domen.

There were 40 recorded cases in the UK in 2017, more than twice as many as the 19 re­ported in 2016 and this num­ber ap­pears to have risen sub­stan­tially, with 30 cases al­ready re­ported in 2018, as of 5 March.

The CA sug­gests that dog own­ers keep up to date with con­firmed out­breaks of Alabama rot and to re­port any ab­nor­mal symp­toms, such as skin le­sions, to their vet im­me­di­ately.

Vig­i­lant Own­ers must stay calm

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