Our pet sitters were warned to be vigilant about this awful disease when first reported in 2012.
The symptoms of Alabama Rot are skin lesions, ulcers and or sores, which can appear on a dog’s legs, body, mouth or tongue and within days this can lead to acute kidney failure.
We continue to liaise closely with vets in all areas of the country where our dog sitting team work and receive regular updates as and when new cases are reported.
This potentially deadly disease was first identified in the USA in the 80’s in Greyhounds and has been reported in at least 27 counties in England and Wales, while some cases in Scotland and Northern Ireland are yet to be confirmed.
It is a growing worry for both dog owners and professional pet and dog sitters. Since the health and well-being of our client’s dogs are paramount, we remain alert at all times.
Areas of confirmed cases
From the information we have received, it appears that Alabama Rot is understood to be more prevalent in wet weather, especially in muddy woodland and particularly following heavy rainfall. There have been confirmed cases as far North as Scotland, The New Forest in Southern England and more recently Devon. In fact, we understand that one New Forest veterinary practise reported in March 15, that there had been over 102 suspected new cases in the UK, including 51 deaths, which were confirmed by postmortems.
Stopping the rot
Our dog sitting team are keen to identify any reported cases, or areas affected by Alabama Rot, so knowing the warning signs are vital. If Alabama rot is caught early enough, your vet can evaluate if he/she has contracted the dreaded disease.
It is advised that you keep dogs under close supervision when walking in muddy woodland, cleaning them thoroughly following their exercise.
Can my other pets contract Alabama rot?
To date it is not thought to affect other animals and we must keep this outbreak in context.
There are approximately 8.5 million dogs in the U.K, with only a small proportion having been affected by this disease. However, vets are now asking us to take extra precautions when walking our dogs, in order to help combat the disease and to contact your practise immediately, if you suspect that your dog may be affected.