Dog owners urged to stay calm over Alabama rot rise
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