Recent UK media reports have noted a rise in the number of cases of Alabama Rot, a potentially fatal disease that affects dogs. What is it? What does it look like? And how is it treated?
Andrew Moore BVM&S MRCVS, vet with MORE TH>N pet insurance (part of RSA Group), provides some answers:
What is Alabama Rot?
Alabama Rot is a colloquial term for CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy). It is a disease that leads to tiny blood clots forming in the blood vessels in a dog’s skin and kidneys, causing skin lesions (ulcers) and possible kidney failure, which sadly, can be fatal.
What is Alabama Rot caused by?
While there several theories, no one particular cause has been confirmed.