Alabama Rot in Dogs

 
Spring is here, but so are increased reports of a very dangerous, rare disease called Alabama Rot, which can be seen around this time of year. Our Vet, Dr Scott Miller provides more information on this disease.

What is Alabama Rot?

This condition is called cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), but commonly known as Alabama Rot. This disease is very rare, but a potentially deadly disease that affects dogs. The condition results in tiny blood clots forming in the small vessels of the skin, leading to skin ulcers. In more severe cases, it can affect the vessels within the kidneys, which can lead to acute kidney failure.

 

Symptoms of Alabama Rot

Dogs affected by Alabama Rot may present with the following symptoms:
  • Skin ulcers on legs or paws (ulcers have been presented on their head, muzzle, tongue, flank and belly)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy (low energy)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased thirst
  • Decreased urination 

    What causes Alabama Rot?

    Unfortunately, there is no determined cause for Alabama Rot. Although the exact cause is unknown, there is a potential link to walking your dog in muddy, woodland areas in Spring and Winter months. This is not confirmed but is commonly seen in cases treated for Alabama Rot.

     

    What can I do to avoid coming into contact with Alabama Rot?

    Unfortunately, there is no way to actively avoid Alabama Rot, but there is some evidence to suggest it’s seasonal, usually seen during the Winter and Spring months, within muddy, woodland areas. Some areas that have been reported as high infection areas by fellow walkers and Vets can be found here. Ensure to rinse your dog at the end of their walk if you are walking within muddy, woodland areas.

     

    What do I do if I suspect my dog has Alabama Rot?

    In the instance you suspect your dog may have Alabama Rot, immediately contact your vet and they will then advise on the next course of action for diagnosis and treatment.

     

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    *The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*