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Another case of 'deadly' dog disease in Cornwall

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Published by Emma Carton at 5:51am 8th November 2018. (Updated at 7:11am 8th November 2018)

It seems another case of Alabama Rot, a disease that can be deadly to dogs, has been confirmed in Cornwall.

Penmellyn Vets in St Austell said "all clinical evidence" pointed to the fact that one of the animals it treated had died from the rare condition.

In a warning post on Facebook, the team said the dog commonly went for walks at Par Beach, Prideaux Woods and in the Treverbyn Clay area.

They are urging owners with concerns that their dog may have a skin wound which is a result of this disease to contact their local vets.

Sadly, this is not the first fatal case of Alabama Rot confirmed in the Duchy in recent months.

Back in February, Charles Hodson's pet Luna had to be put down after a week of treatement.

Mr Hodson, who is from Leedstown, said the disease is a mystery as it is not known yet exactly where it comes from.

"Don't ignore the advice about mud, it may not be proven but it does sound like good advice. If your dog gets cuts, wash them out, wash the mud off.

"If they have any unusual cuts or lesions like little sores particularly around their muzzle or around the feet, go and get those checked out by a vet".

Owner, Charles Hodson

How do I recognise Alabama Rot?

  • The first signs you may notice if your dog has contracted Alabama rot are lesions or ulcers on the skin. These could appear as a patch of red skin, or as an open ulcer or sore. In many cases, the lesions will look out of the ordinary to vets.
  • These sores are most commonly found on a dog’s paws or lower legs, but they can also be found on a dog’s face, mouth or tongue, or on their lower body.
  • Signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, tiredness and vomiting.
  • If your dog is showing signs of sore skin or ulcers on an area of their body that is close to the floor (and you know these have not been caused by an injury) it’s a good idea to contact your vet.
  • On average, dogs suffer from kidney failure about three days after lesions begin to show on the skin, however the time between sores appearing and kidney failure can be between one and 10 days.
  • The earlier this disease is caught and treated by a vet, the higher the chances of recovery.

Source: Blue Cross

Vets for Pets has a map showing the confirmed cases of Alabama Rot and you can check that here.

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