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Two suspected cases of Alabama Rot confirmed

Two suspected cases of Alabama Rot confirmed

Published by Emma Carton at 7:54am 17th January 2019. (Updated at 5:59pm 17th January 2019)

Two suspected cases of the dog disease known as Alabama Rot have been confirmed in Cornwall.

Veterinary specialists Anderson Moores say the animals involved were in Redruth and Portreath,

They have confirmed both had CRGV, along with another four pets up country.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UK since 2012 to 177; 52 were recorded last year.

What do we know about the confirmed cases?

One of the dogs was owned by Nigel Lake from Redruth, who spoke to Pirate FM when his pet had to be put to sleep.

Tyza was rushed to vets just after New Year with sores on her thigh and paws.

The staffie was on a drip to try to flush out her kidneys but, sadly, could not be saved.

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Veterinary specialists, Anderson Moores, have confirmed six cases of Alabama Rot in the UK, including two in Cornwall

"Unfortunately we got a call to say her kidneys were failing and there wasn't any point in continuing the treatment, so we brought her home for an hour or so to say goodbye.

"Then we took her back to the vet and unfortunately she had to be put to sleep.

"She wasn't a young dog, she was 12, but she was very fit and healthy, she'd never had any health issues.

"Although she was nearing the end of her life we were pretty confident we were going to have her for another few years at least, so to lose her like that was pretty horrible”.

Nigel Lake, owner

Charity The Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) is trying to raise £240,000 to help research - and Nigel is planning to fundraise towards it.

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


How do I know if my dog has Alabama Rot?

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Tyza from Redruth had to be put to sleep after being rushed to vets with what has now been confirmed as 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.

You can read more advice from Blue Cross here or watch how to spot the signs...

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