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New case of 'deadly' dog disease in Cornwall

New case of 'deadly' dog disease in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:28am 17th July 2019. (Updated at 7:36am 17th July 2019)

A new case of the 'deadly' dog disease, Alabama Rot, has been confirmed in Cornwall.

This was in the Mullion area and is the sixth in the Duchy since 2015.

Pirate FM understands the pet died back in June but the cause has only just been confirmed.

Veterinary specialists, Anderson Moores, posted the update on social media, urging owners to be vigilant.

"Unfortunately a new case of the deadly dog disease Alabama Rot has been confirmed in Mullion (Cornwall) by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. 

"This is the sixth case to be confirmed in Cornwall since 2015, and the third case this year.

"In total, the UK has now seen 189 confirmed cases across 39 counties since 2012, with 52 cases in 2018 and 14 in 2019.

"This disease, also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy), is still very rare, so vets are advising dog owners to remain calm but vigilant, and seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions".

Anderson Moores

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".

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 check all the confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in Cornwall and the UK on the Vets 4 Pets map here.

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