by Abbey Maclure
Nine new diagnoses of serious dog disease, Alabama Rot have been made across the country, confirmed earlier this week by specialist vet facility, Anderson Moores.
Alabama Rot - also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy - is a rare condition which can cause unexplained skin lesions on dogs of all breeds.
There is currently no known way of preventing a dog from catching the disease and treatment is only effective in 20 per cent of cases.
In total, the UK has now seen 216 confirmed cases of Alabama Rot across 44 counties since 2012.
David Walker, an expert on the condition at Anderson Moores, said, “We are sad to announce more cases from this year, as we are now in the time of year when cases are most common.
“Further confirmed cases mean it is understandably very worrying for dog owners. However, this disease is still very rare, so we’re advising dog owners to remain calm but vigilant, and seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions.
“While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, any concerned dog owners should seek online guidance for advice and a map of confirmed cases.”
What should I do if my dog is showing symptoms?
Dr Huw Stacey, vet and director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, advises dog owners to contact their vet if they have any concerns.
He said, “While it is understandable that dog owners will be worried by Alabama Rot, it is still a very rare disease and we’d encourage owners to continue exercising their pet.
“If a dog becomes affected, the best chance of recovery lies with early and intensive veterinary care at a specialist facility.
“Treatment is supportive, but is only successful in around 20 percent of cases, which is why we’re encouraging all dog owners to use the online interactive guide to help them understand the clinical signs and confirmed locations of the condition, and visit a vet if they have any concerns.”
A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, Yorkshire Evening Post