Scottish dogs owners have been warned to be vigilant after three confirmed cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) were reported in the country over the past 12 months. The disease, whose causes remain unknown – but which is usually associated with walks on wet, muddy terrains - is also known as Alabama rot, and was first discovered in Britain about three years ago.
Referring to the affected dogs in Scotland, the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has stated, "All the dogs came from different places and there is no association with any one site. There is no reason to believe that owners should avoid walking their dogs in any particular area."
The Alabama rot can lead to fatal kidney failure within ten days from the first symptoms, which is why it’s vital to recognise them as soon as possible: it is much easier to treat before kidney failure has occurred, while most dogs with kidney failure succumb despite treatment.
“The initial lesions include inflammation, reddening, sores, swelling, bruising and ulcers,” the statement reads. “These usually affect the feet and lower limbs, but can be seen around the face, in the mouth and elsewhere on the body. The lesions can be painful, and lameness or licking at the affected area may be the first sign.”
“Cuts, wounds, stings or bites are much more common than CGRV but can look very similar,” the statement warns. “Owners should take their dogs to their vet if they are concerned, particularly if the skin lesions are unexplained.”
More information on the Alabama rot can be found here.