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The Veterinary Clinic, Castle Bromwich 0121 747 6666
The Veterinary Clinic, Dyas 0121 377 7215
The Veterinary Clinic, Kings Heath 0121 444 4154
The Veterinary Clinic, Lazy Hill 01922 456 236
The Veterinary Clinic, New Hall 0121 313 1919
The Veterinary Clinic, Stone Cross 0121 588 6451
The Veterinary Clinic, Sutton Park 0121 354 4949
The Veterinary Clinic, Valley 0121 357 4600
The Veterinary Clinic, West Bromwich 0121 553 0070
The Veterinary Clinic, Great Barr - opening Oct 7th 0121 360 6010
The Veterinary Clinic - Maypole Lane 0121 430 7568

Stopping Alabama Rot

Staying Aware of a Very Unpleasant Disease

Alabama Rot (or to use its clinical name: Cutaneous & Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy) is a very unpleasant and often fatal disease whose origins and causes remain largely unknown. Read on to learn more about identifying Alabama Rot and, most importantly, how to prevent it.

History

As the name suggests, Alabama Rot was first spotted in Alabama, USA in the 1980s. It only affected greyhounds at that point, which led many researchers to believe the roots of the disease could be genetic. Unfortunately, when it was discovered in the UK in 2012 it wasn’t picky and hasn’t been since. An outbreak occurred in 2014, during which the disease did not discriminate between the size, breed, age or gender of its victims.

Scientifically speaking, vets remain unsure what causes Alabama Rot; opinion is divided over whether it’s caused by parasites or bacteria and some US reports suggest it could be linked to E.coli. There has been no evidence for this in any UK cases.

What We Know

More cases are reported between November and May than in the summer months, suggesting that dogs are more likely to catch Alabama Rot in cold climates or wintery conditions.

Again, Alabama Rot does not discriminate. Dogs are at risk whatever their age, gender or breed.

It attacks your dog’s skin and kidneys – often resulting in fatal renal failure. Contact your vet immediately if your dog displays any of the following symptoms: 

  • Skin lesions (the most obvious sign). It could be erythema – redness caused by increased blood flow, erosion or ulcers. You’re likely to find them on extremities such as distal limbs, the muzzle and the ventrum (underside of the belly) – the body-parts most likely to encounter mud when a dog is out walking. Note: the skin lesions will not pertain to any external incident, collision or accident.
  • A high fever
  • Lethargy or general illness
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting/retching

It’s worth noting that these symptoms can belong to other conditions, therefore we cannot overstate the importance of taking your dog in to visit the vet as soon as you can. The condition can then be diagnosed and the appropriate treatment can be administered.

What Can You Do?

As hard as it may sound, try not to panic. Although it has grown in the UK over recent years, Alabama Rot remains comparatively rare.

Stay calm, alert and aware. Read up on cases around the country and avoid afflicted areas. Though veterinary experts are yet to pinpoint the exact causes of Alabama Rot, they have observed that exposure to an affected animal often leads to a dog developing the disease.

Where possible, keep your dog in your sights when out walking them and check regularly for scars, cuts or lesions.

Avoid dirty, muddy areas and try to take your dog to clean, well-kept grassy areas.

After a walk, particularly if they’ve been rolling around in the mud or if the weather has been bad, wash your dog thoroughly and pay close attention to the areas most commonly affected by Alabama Rot – the snout, the legs and the underside of the belly.

Finally, here’s one more for luck: If in doubt, or if anything at all doesn’t seem right, contact your vet right away.

Practice information

The Veterinary Clinic - Maypole Lane

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48 Maypole Lane Birmingham B14 5JQ
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0121 430 7568

The Veterinary Clinic, Stone Cross

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261 Walsall Road Stone Cross West Bromwich B71 3HR
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The Veterinary Clinic, Dyas

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2 Dyas Road Kingstanding Birmingham B44 8SF
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The Veterinary Clinic, Erdington

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749 Chester Road Birmingham B24 0BY
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The Veterinary Clinic, Castle Bromwich

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128 Green Lane Birmingham B36 0BX
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The Veterinary Clinic, Kings Heath

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304 Vicarage Road Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7NH
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The Veterinary Clinic, Lazy Hill

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21 Anchor Road Aldridge West Midlands WS9 8PT
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The Veterinary Clinic, New Hall

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215A Walmley Road Sutton Coldfield West Midlands B76 2PP
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The Veterinary Clinic, Sutton Park

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343A Jockey Road Sutton Coldfield West Midlands B73 5XD
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The Veterinary Clinic, Valley

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11a Bowstoke Road Great Barr Birmingham B43 5EB
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The Veterinary Clinic, West Bromwich

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130 Lodge Road West Bromwich West Midlands B70 8PL
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The Veterinary Clinic, Great Barr - opening Oct 7th

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1236 Aldridge Road, Great Barr, Birmingham B44 8PE
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