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Another possible case of Alabama Rot in Cornwall

Another possible case of Alabama Rot in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:57pm 21st March 2019. (Updated at 7:51am 22nd March 2019)

A warning has gone out to dog owners in Cornwall after another case of possible Alabama Rot.

Little Scruffy the Westie developed sores on his paws after a walk at Par Beach on Monday.

The 10-year-old pooch is on holiday in the Duchy with his owners.

He was taken to Vets 4 Pets in St Austell and Pirate FM has asked them for more information.

It is not a confirmed case of the disease but his owner Nick is urging other people to be aware.

He posted on Facebook: "Beware, look after your dogs! Went to Par beach on Monday and since then, our poor little baby has developed these.

"Vets said Alabama Rot was possible, can’t diagnose until post mortem!!! Praying it’s not that!"

Nick told Pirate FM: "We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed but this morning he has been sick - I hope a side effect of the medication rather than further symptoms."

Nick Dunne, owner

It comes after a report of another fatal case of the disease back in February.

The post on the PL24 Community Association page claimed a dog from the St Austell area was put to sleep.

It says the pet was walked "almost exclusively" around Par but there was no official confirmation from vets.

It happened just a week after Pelyn Vets revealed the Kernow Group had seen its first ever case.

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These are the sores on Scruffy's paws after a walk at Par Beach - his owner is worried that it could be Alabama Rot

What is Alabama Rot?

CRGV is known as Alabama Rot and Kernow Vets Group has this description on its website:

"Alabama rot is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney.

"It causes tiny blood clots to form in the blood vessels which blocks them and can ultimately lead to damage of the affected tissue.

"In the skin, this causes ulceration; however, in the kidney it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure).

"The cause at this time remains unknown but investigations are ongoing".

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

How can I spot Alabama Rot?

From cases that have been confirmed, there are several key indicators of Alabama Rot:

  • Skin lesions, ulcers, sores or bite marks
  • Lethargy or a loss of energy
  • Loss of appetite and a reluctance to eat
  • Jaundice such as a discolouration in your dog's eyes, gums or nostrils
  • Vomiting or gagging have been observed in some cases at later stages of Alabama Rot
  • Kidney failure occurs in a minority of cases, however if it does occur, it usually proves fatal

You can read more advice on Alabama Rot here or watch how to spot the signs...

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