In recent weeks, we lost one of our very special patients to Alabama Rot. This became our first confirmed case of Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) and has brought home to us the frustration that many of our colleagues have been feeling in the last 5 years of dealing with this disease.
Anderson Moores, specialists in Hampshire, announced yesterday that 7 more Alabama Rot cases have been confirmed in the UK, bringing the death toll to 37 in 2018, and 160 since 2012. As it appears that this disease is on the increase, we thought we would update you, our clients, with the facts of the disease – courtesy of Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists website:
This disease involves damage to blood vessels which leads to ulcerative lesions in the skin and in some cases, acute kidney injury resulting in kidney failure.
Whilst ulcerative lesions often develop on the paws and limbs of dogs, they can be anywhere and look like anything but there is often pain, fever, swelling and bruising.
Even if skin lesions are caused by CRGV, a large proportion of dogs will not develop acute kidney injury.
There is no known way to prevent the disease as we do not yet know the causative agent.
Washing muddy dogs post walk may help but we don’t know that for sure.
This disease is being reported in counties up and down the UK and as yet, there are no particular areas to avoid.
There is an up to date map showing the location of all confirmed cases since 2012 online at: www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/
More cases are seen between November and May which imply a Winter/Spring seasonality to this disease.
Thus far, only dogs have been affected by this disease.
Of course, there is a lot of research going on in terms of studies to find out signalment risk factors for this disease as well as climatic and ecological risk factors and as soon as we have any further information we will pass it on to you.
If you would like to support research into this disease, the Alabama Rot Research Fund has recently been set up as a National Charity and you can find details at arrf.co.uk.
If you would like further information please go to: https://www.andersonmoores.com/owner/CRGV.php and follow their Facebook page where they regularly post updates on the disease.
Here at HNVG our focus is patient welfare and we will always consider all options in the treatment of our patients. Please feel free to ask our vets about any concerns you might have.
Written by Laura Snyman BVSc, BVSc (Hons) Small Animal Medicine
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