Alabama Rot: An Essential Update for Dog Owners

Posted by K9 Active on Apr 06, 2024

As part of our commitment to keeping you and your adventurous pups safe and healthy, we're revisiting a topic we first talked about in 2015 - Alabama rot. This mysterious and concerning disease has made its way back into the news, prompting us to update our previous insights with the latest information.

What’s New with Alabama Rot?

Alabama rot, or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), has been a topic of concern since it was first identified in the UK. Originating from the US, where it was predominantly seen in Greyhounds, this disease has shown it doesn't discriminate, affecting various breeds across the UK.

Recent reports suggest a noticeable uptick in cases, especially in Wales, Scotland, and the North of England, linked to the soggy conditions of our beloved countryside walks. While the disease remains rare, its impact can be devastating, leading to severe skin sores and kidney failure.

Understanding Alabama Rot

The cause of Alabama rot continues to baffle veterinarians and researchers alike. Theories have ranged from bacterial infections to environmental triggers, but the truth remains elusive. What we do know is the symptoms:

  • Skin Lesions: Often appearing below the knee or elbow, these sores are not linked to any known injury. They may also appear on the face or the lower body.
  • Systemic Signs: Affected dogs may show a lack of appetite, increased thirst, vomiting, and lethargy, indicative of kidney involvement.

How Can You Protect Your Dog?

With the cause still unknown, prevention tips remain general but important:

  • Post-Walk Clean-Up: Washing off mud after walks, especially through woodlands, can help minimize risks.
  • Stay Informed: Keeping an eye on areas with reported cases can be helpful. Websites like the Forestry Commission and dedicated resources such as offer valuable updates.

Spotting the Signs Early

Early detection and aggressive management are key. If you notice any unusual sores or changes in your dog's health, especially after walks in the countryside, consult your vet immediately.

Is It Time to Worry?

Despite the concerning nature of Alabama rot, it's crucial to remember that the disease, while serious, remains extremely rare. The best approach is one of caution and awareness rather than panic.

Looking Ahead

Research into Alabama rot is ongoing, with the hope that we'll soon understand more about its causes and how to effectively combat it. Your vigilance as a dog owner can make all the difference in these efforts.

As always, we're here to support you with the best in premium dog gear, food, and treats to keep your furry companions happy, healthy, and ready for their next adventure. Stay tuned for more updates, and don't hesitate to reach out to us with your concerns or questions.

Remember, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of our beloved dogs. Let's keep our paws on the pulse and our tails wagging with joy.