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How to Prevent Alibama Rot in Dogs

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 15/01/2016   Category: Blog

Vets have released a warning to all dog owners after up to 60 dogs in the UK 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. 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. Mike Nolan, of the Darley House veterinarian practice in Manchester told the newspaper: “The worry is that this might be the beginning of a cluster of cases… If you think your dog might be presenting with this illness, it really is a case of drop everything and get to the vets.”

Dog owners are being urged to check their dogs for any signs of this disease which begins on the skin, mainly lesions occurring on their legs. This can easily be done by checking your dogs after walks however preventing this disease would be the best option. Bathing your dog after each dog walk can understandably sound very time consuming which is why we recommend the use of a paw plunger to help prevent this awful, lethal disease to dogs.

Simply fill up your paw plunger before your walk and leave by your front door with a towel and after the walk dunk each leg into the paw plunger before drying. It takes seconds to do and can help prevent your dog getting this disease as well as cleaning the usual mud and dirt from your dogs paws and legs.

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 explained the best way to protect your dog is to be observant, ‘The main message is that we are still seeing cases spring up. Although the numbers are relatively small, continued vigilance is the best thing. 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 after having 5 cases come to light in a short space of time and what can be done to stop it, to stop this being the beginning of an outbreak. They are currently comparing 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 will be treated quickly.