Alabama rot or cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, otherwise known as CRGV is a disease that has been known about since the late 1980’s and it can be fatal.
It was initially thought to only affect Greyhounds and the dogs reported with the disease in the USA presented with kidney failure and/or skin lesions. The cause of the disease remains unknown.
There have recently been a number of suspected cases seen in the UK. Some of these were from the New Forest. However, cases have also been identified in other counties throughout the UK.
The skin lesions are a symptom of the disease rather than being traumatic wounds from an injury. Typically the skin lesions have been below the knee or elbow.
They may present as a swelling, a patch of red skin or a defect in the skin (like an ulcer). Over the subsequent two to seven days the affected dogs have developed clinical signs of kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and tiredness.
It is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected.
There has been some suggestion in the media that cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy is caused by feeding raw food. We have found no link to any particular brand or type of food, nor have we identified any link to raw diets.
It has been suggested that washing dogs post walking especially in wooded areas can definitely prevent this disease. Although washing may not an unreasonable thing to do, we do not know the cause of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy and it is therefore impossible to give specific, accurate advice on prevention.
An environmental cause is only one of a number of possibilities.
Without knowing the trigger for the disease it is impossible to give specific advice about walking your dog and it is again important to stress that the case numbers are very low and that this disease is not isolated to the New Forest.
The disease does not appear to pass from dog to dog. If you are concerned about your dog please speak to us.
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