Alabama Rot is a very unpleasant and often fatal disease whose origins and causes remain largely unknown.
Alabama Rot was first spotted in Alabama, USA in the 1980s. It only affected greyhounds at that point, which led many researchers to believe the roots of the disease could be genetic. Unfortunately, when it was discovered in the UK in 2012, it wasn’t picky and hasn’t been since. In 2014, occurred another outbreak in the UK.
Vets still remain unsure of what causes Alabama Rot.
What we know
More cases are reported between November and May, suggesting that dogs are more likely to catch Alabama Rot in cold or wintery conditions.
Dogs are at risk whatever their age, gender and breed.
In attacks, your dog’s skin and kidneys – often resulting in fatal renal failure. Contact your vet immediately if your dog displays any of the following symptoms:
- Skin lesions – redness, erosion or ulcers. You’re likely to find them on legs, the muzzle and underside of the belly – the body parts more likely to encounter mud when a dog is out walking. Note: the skin lesions will not belong to any external incident, collision or accident.
- A high body temperature
- Lethargy or general illness
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
What Can You Do?
Try not to panic. Alabama Rot remains comparatively rare.
Avoid dirty, mudd y areas and try to take your dog to clean, well-kept grassy areas.
Check regularly our dog for scars, cut and lesions.
After a walk, particularly if they’ve been rolling around in the mud or if the weather has been bad, wash your dog thoroughly and pay close attention to the areas most commonly affected by Alabama Rot – the snout, the legs and the underside of the belly.
If in doubt, contact your vet immediately.