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Vets' update on possible Alabama Rot case

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Published by Emma Carton at 7:30am 10th February 2019.

Vers have released an update amid reports of another fatal case of Alabama Rot in Cornwall.

The Kernow Vets Group has confirmed a dog that lost its life to kidney failure had a wound on one its toes.

The animal was from the Par area and CRGV is being considered as a possible cause of death.

However vets say there was evidence of existing kidney problems and the wound may not be related.

What is the latest from vets?

Anderson Moore, who are involved in research into Alabama Rot, are carrying out tests.

"Kernow Vets has recently treated a dog from the Par area which sadly lost its life to kidney failure. There was a small wound on one of her toes. Our vets needed to consider Alabama Rot as one possible cause.

"Despite intensive treatment to support her failing kidneys she very sadly lost her battle.

"In this patient there was evidence of a possible already existing kidney problems. The wound on the foot may not have been related to the illness.

"With the owner's permission, samples have been sent to the Anderson Moore vet practice. AM are involved in coordinating the research into Alabama Rot. The aim is to assess if this was a case of Alabama Rot.

"Kernow Vets are aware of the concern of the many dog walkers who use Par Beach as this dog had exercised there.

"All the evidence currently points to a link to mud and woodland being involved in some way with Alabama Rot.

"Concern has been expressed that this dog had not been walking in that type of area".

Kernow Vets Group

What is the advice to owners?

"The practice will release the results of the samples as soon as they have them. If it does show that Alabama Rot was the cause of the disease then we will stop advising beach walks are the safest option.

"At the moment the best advice is still to avoid damp woody areas if possible. Wash mud off your dog when returning from a walk.

"If you have any unexplained wounds anywhere on your dog, take your pet to your vet at the earliest convenience.

"Kernow Vets express their deepest sympathy to the owner of this lovely dog. We wish to thank them for letting us tell her story. It is so important that we all act on the facts of this sad case".

Kernow Vets Group

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