Published: 29 September 2021

Alabama Rot has become a potential risk for dogs in the last few years. The disease’s actual name is Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), but is commonly known as ‘Alabama Rot’.
This is a disease specific to dogs and the cause of CRGV is not yet known, but there is a possible link with walking dogs in woodland.

What’s the worst that can happen?
Unfortunately, if not spotted early, it can lead to rapid and potentially fatal kidney failure, often within a few days.

How can I spot the signs?
Look out for:

  • Skin lesions or sores. This is a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or maybe open and ulcer like. These can vary in size from 5p size to a 50p size
    or larger.
  • These lesions are commonly found below the elbow, knee, face mouth or belly.
  • Signs of kidney failure within 2-7 days. Outwards signs may be vomiting,

How can I stop it?
Know the warning signs above and seek vet advice ASAP if you are worried about your dog.
It may be picked up on paws and legs from muddy walks in woodlands so always wash off mud.
Check for signs and if in any doubt call the vet.

As the cause of CRGV is still unknown, there is no way of preventing your dog contracting it, although there have been cases of dogs who have close contact with each other's dogs becoming infected.

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