The words Alabama Rot strike fear into most dog owners minds considering the well publicised cases of the disease killing almost 80 dogs in the UK alone over the past four years.
This is a shocking number for a disease that until recently many didn’t know existed. The disease has ruthlessly spread across the country from county to county inflicting many dogs in its wake.
Top vet David Walker from Anderson Moores Vets in Winchester has researched the pattern of the disease and concluded that he has a ‘strong suspicion’ the condition has an environmental trigger. It seems that some vets like David have thoughts that the disease comes about as an outcome of something the dog had ingested orally. David has said the following:
‘While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, there is a very useful guide available online to help people understand where in the UK confirmed cases have been found and advice on how to spot signs.’ Source UK Daily Mail
With this in mind Gencon are sharing a guide to the warning signs of this awful condition in the hope it can help educate people on the initial stages of the disease.
WARNING SIGNS OF ALABAMA ROT
- Pet owners should check their dogs for lesions and ulcers
- The lesions may appear on the dogs’ skin and paws which can be a sign of the killer disease
- The dogs may also develop sore, open wounds
- Over the next two to ten days dogs will develop clinical signs of kidney failure
- Dogs may begin to vomit, have a reduced appetite and tiredness
- Pet owners who see these symptoms in their pets should contact a vet immediately
- There is currently no known way of preventing a dog from catching the disease