Alabama Rot spreading in the UK
Deadly dog disease has new cases diagnosed
The cause of Alabama Rot is not known but it is a disease that is often deadly to our beloved dogs. According to some sources 9 out of 10 dogs will not survive the illness.
The first cases of the disease were discovered in North America in the 1980s and eventually spread to the UK in 2012. Recently the rate of reported cases in England and Wales has risen sharply and has caused widespread concern across Britain. Some experts think that Alabama Rot could be caused by a parasite whilst others theorise that it is bacterial. There has been no link to diet or water sources and many seemed to have reacted by flagging the areas in which the disease has taken hold. This hints at the fact it may be an environmental cause, local to specific areas. If this was the case though how would the disease be spreading across the country?
Unfortunately, without identifying the cause of Alabama Rot, no treatment can be developed to treat it. This is why the mortality rate for affected dogs is so high.
What should I be looking for?
Symptoms can include the below: -
Sores and lesions
Lack of energy
Loss of appetite
Yellowing of skin and eyes
During the later stages the disease can cause vomiting or dry heaving. In a small number of cases the dog’s kidneys will fail which will ultimately lead to death although this may not be immediate.
If you have any concerns over the health of your pet, contact your vet and arm yourself with knowledge. A quick check up may belay any fears you have and despite any protest your dog may have to a visit to the vets can offer great peace of mind.
Our dogs are our family. Protect them.