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Alabama Rot

Help us beat Alabama Rot by raising awareness

Animal Friends Pet Insurance are invested in taking care of animals, wherever they are, that’s why we’ve donated£20,000 to The Alabama Rot Research Fund to help against this deadly disease.

David Walker, of Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists near Winchester, who is leading the national research into this killer disease, warmly welcomed the Animal Friends team to his surgery in February. Watch our exclusive video with Dr Walker where he answers questions about the disease.

Confirmed Alabama Rot Cases

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What is Alabama Rot? (Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy)

Alabama Rot 4Alabama Rot (also known as CRGV) is a potentially life-threatening disease caused by damage to the blood vessels in the skin and kidneys of dogs. It causes blood clots to form and block the blood vessels, ultimately leading to tissue damage. This causes ulcers and lesions when it affects the skin, and in the kidneys it can lead to kidney failure.
How is Alabama Rot caused?
This disease started affecting dogs relatively recently and research is still ongoing. The cause is still a mystery at present, however it seems to be spread by wet, muddy conditions, and it affects particular regions. A research fund has been started to investigate this deadly disease, and donations are needed to keep the work going.
How do I prevent Alabama Rot?Until a definitive cause is discovered it’s difficult to give fool-proof advice for avoiding this disease. Keep an eye on any alerts you see which may point to the disease being prevalent in certain areas and give your dogs a good wash if they get wet or muddy on walks. It’s not certain whether this will definitely help, but it can’t hurt
Alabama Rot symptomsIt’s important to note that incidences of this disease are low (around 94 confirmed cases between November 2012 and April 2017), so symptoms that could arouse suspicion are unlikely to turn out to be Alabama Rot. However, if it is Alabama Rot it is very serious, so it’s important to stay vigilant. Swelling, sores, redness or wounds that you can’t explain or connect to an injury could be the first signs that something isn’t right. It’s most likely to affect the mouth, paws or legs, but could appear anywhere on the body or head. If you suspect Alabama Rot you should call your vet and ask for advice as soon as you can. They may ask you to come in for an appointment.
Alabama Rot treatmentIf you’re concerned that your dog might have Alabama Rot it’s crucial to speak to your vet and to avoid administering any medication yourself. If it has only affected the skin this can be treated non-invasively but if it is affecting the kidney this is far more serious and involves far more intensive, urgent treatment. Your vet may need to refer you to a specialist.
When can dogs catch Alabama Rot?Some data suggests that Alabama Rot is more prevalent in winter and spring, but it’s important to stay informed and careful all year around.
Can other animals catch Alabama Rot?So far Alabama Rot only seems to affect dogs. It hasn’t been diagnosed in any humans or other animals.


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