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CRGV (Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculitis) or Alabama Rot is a newly recognised disease in the UK. We do not know what is causing this disease, but there have been cases recognised in our area again recently. The disease is often fatal. The transmission of the disease is currently unknown but it does not seem to be passed between dogs or to affect people. The symptoms of the disease begin with a lesion which look like a cut or scratch on the feet or face, followed over a few days by kidney failure.
Kidney failure usually presents as severe illness with dehydration, vomiting and lethargy. This often becomes refractory to treatment and becomes fatal. No cure or guaranteed effective treatment is yet known, and there is no known guaranteed preventative.
The best advice is to wash off your pets thoroughly after taking them for walks, especially in muddy areas.
We saw a suspected case of Alabama Rot at the practice, and the dog was fortunate to survive the disease following a week of severe illness and vigorous intensive care, but not all dogs are as fortunate.
We don’t wish to cause any panic, as the number of cases diagnosed is still very low, but we want to bring this information to our clients. If anyone needs further information, please feel free to ask us, otherwise Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists have been doing a lot of work in this field and have good information on their website