New dog disease spreading through the UK
Vets have released a warning to all dog owners as sadly 52 dogs have died after being hit with a severe kidney disease. The disease called Alabama Rot has been affecting dogs all across the country and vets are now warning all dog owners to be cautious and take extra care of their pets.
Dog owners should check their dogs for any signs of the disease including lesions occurring on their dog’s legs. Alabama Rot has been affecting dogs in the US for years however the first outbreak of it in the UK started in Hampshire in 2012 and vets are continuing the search for the cause of the disease. The disease itself can be fatal and attacks the blood vessels of your dog’s skin.
Whilst initial outbreaks in the UK only seemed to be around the Hampshire area, the disease has now travelled to Wales and the North East of England meaning the whole of the UK is now at risk. The disease in the US only affects greyhounds however in the UK it has been causing problems to a wide variety of dog breeds.
The lead researcher, David Walker , has stated that whilst there has been 52 deaths from the disease the reported incidents total is currently 103. He explained, ‘the best way to protect your dog is to be observant. People should look out for skin lesions when the dog hasn’t obviously been cut on something.’
Vets are now desperately trying to find out what is causing the disease and what can be done to stop it to help to maintain dog’s health and wellbeing. They are currently comparing it to a similar human disease called Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome to see whether that can help them find out the cause.
If your dog seems generally unwell, or you notice anything different on their skin then it is advised to contact your local vet for an appointment to be seen. Any concerns about the disease needs to be treated quickly.