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Alabama Rot: Dog dies from flesh eating bug in south west of UK

Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot appears again in UK:

Another dog in the south west of England has fallen victim to the deadly flesh-eating disease Alabama Rot.

Shepton Vets from Shepton Mallet have had confirmation this evening that the disease was the cause of death for this dog. The Alabama Rot disease results in the dog starting to “rot” and then eventually leading to kidney failure, loss of appetite, fatigue and vomiting. Unless the dog receives fast treatment the dog will develop a fever and will eventually die.

The cause of death was confirmed after tests carried out by Coombefield Veterinary Hospital in Axminster, who said “We have now had official confirmation of Alabama Rot (CRGV) as the cause of death of one of our client’s dogs. There will be an official statement from the authorities soon.”

Can you prevent you dog getting Alabama Rot:

Although its not completely understood how dogs get Alabama Rot and where it comes from. By using data from previous cases it seems that avoiding walks in muddy wooded areas especially after heavy rain is a good start.

Try and wash your dog’s paws and legs when you return from the walk to rinse of any mud or muck.

What are the early signs of Alabama Rot:

The early signs of the disease normally come in the form of sores, swelling or redness of the dogs skin.The most likely place is on the paws or lower legs but it has been known to start on the body, face or in the mouth.
Alabama Rot Signs

What is Alabama Rot:

Alabama Rot, which first appeared in the 1980s in the US affecting greyhounds, has been identified in over 25 counties in the UK since 2012, 78 cases have been confirmed in the UK with just over 15 being identified in 2016 alone.

The Deaths in recent years are not localised and have been seen as far apart as Cornwall and North Yorkshire.

In 2013 in the New Forest area nearly 20 dogs died, and other cases were reported in Surrey, Worcestershire, Norfolk and Nottinghamshire.

In 2014 more cases of the disease were confirmed in Lambourn, Berkshire and wiltshire.

Vets are starting to work together to increase awareness of the disease and help identify a causes, Alabama Rot experts Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and Vets4Pets are playing a huge part in this.

Vets4Pets have a great infographic on the disease here #StopAlabamaRot you can search for any case local to you using the interactive map.

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