Alabama Rot – 10 Confirmed Cases In 2024 – Dog Expert Explains Cause, Symptoms, and Treatment


2024 has already seen 10 confirmed cases  of Alabama rot in the UK, which can cause ulcers, kidney failure and even fatal if left untreated.

Dog experts Kennel Store have explained what causes Alabama rot,  what the signs and symptoms are and the dangers if dogs are affected. Please see below for more: 

“Alabama rot, also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy), is a very rare but potentially life-threatening disease that blocks and damages the blood vessels in a dog’s skin and kidneys. 

Dogs affected by Alabama rot often develop ulcers or sores (typically on the bottom part of the leg) and generally go on to develop kidney failure, which is often fatal. 

What causes Alabama rot? 

The exact cause of Alabama rot is unknown, although research is ongoing. Most reports come from dog owners who walk their dogs in the countryside, and most cases are reported during winter and spring

Cases are generally less common in the summer months compared to the winter months. The first case was reported in America, in the 1980s and at first it was thought to only affect Greyhounds.

It is now understood to affect all breeds, ages and sizes of dog. 

What are the symptoms of Alabama rot? 

How can you protect your dog?

Wash all mud off following wet and muddy walks, especially if you’ve gone through woodland areas

What is the treatment for Alabama rot?

Due to the underlying cause of Alabama rot still being unknown, there is no specific treatment. If your dog is showing symptoms of Alabama rot, it’s vital your dog is taken to the vets promptly, so a plan can be decided and treatment can begin. “

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