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Alabama Rot

As many of you will know there has been increased cases of Alabama Rot reported throughout the UK.

There have now been 10 confirmed cases within a 20 mile radius of us, and even more ‘suspected’ cases!

It’s a very serious illness so it’s worthwhile for all dog owners to be aware and able to spot the symptoms as early as possible.

What is Alabama Rot?

Alabama Rot is a potentially fatal disease which damages dogs’ blood vessels and goes onto cause kidney failure. It is a mysterious disease which is hard to identify and sadly, very difficult to treat. The skin sores it causes also makes it a particularly distressing disease for our dogs.

The disease only affects dogs and the majority of cases have been reported between the months of October and May. It is suspected the disease spreads from muddy and wooded areas as well as estuaries. Dog owners who do walk their dogs in these places are advised to wash off any mud/dirt as soon as possible, and of course, keep close control of their dogs at all times to monitor where they go.

Our vets have some advice on how to spot the early signs of the illness and the steps you can take to protect your dog now that the disease has been reported several times in our area.

Signs and Symptoms of Alabama Rot:

Alabama Rot causes tiny clots to form in dogs’ blood vessels in their skin and kidneys. These clots can cause:

  • Ulcers and sores on the dog’s paws, legs, face, mouth and less frequently on the body too.
  • Kidney Failure.

Symptoms of Kidney Failure include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss


❗️If your dog seems under the weather and has any of these symptoms please speak to us immediately.

How can I stop my dog getting Alabama Rot?

There’s been a lot of research into Alabama Rot but experts still aren’t sure what causes the disease or how to prevent it. However, there are some simple things you can do that may protect your dog or help you spot the symptoms early such as:

  • Washing any mud off your dog straight after a walk.
  • Checking your dog daily for signs of redness and sores especially on their legs and face.

If you think your dog is showing signs of Alabama Rot please call us immediately at your nearest branch!❗️

Vets4Pets have set up a website dedicated to sharing awareness on Alabama Rot which includes a map of confirmed cases in the UK: https://www.vets4pets.com/pet-health-advice/alabama-rot/?fbclid=IwAR1pJ3RTlPmu-L8lJMRjkL56vBoZVMkzTk4nvaBoNNF398M7YA0m_HtSlc4

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