Case of deadly disease Alabama Rot confirmed in Preston as dog owners urged to remain calm
Dog owners have been told to "remain calm but vigilant" after a new case of Alabama Rot was confirmed in Preston.
It is one of 20 new cases confirmed in the UK so far this year.
A spokesman said: "Unfortunately we have to confirm a further three cases of Alabama Rot, also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy).
"The cases were from Preston (Lancashire), Knaresborough (N.Yorkshire) and Poole (Dorset).
"This disease is still 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."
In total, the UK has now seen more than 271 confirmed cases of Alabama Rot since 2012.
Also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), it is a rare condition which damages the blood vessels in the skin and kidneys of dogs.
Unexplained redness, sores or swelling of the skin - particularly on the paws or legs but also the body, face, tongue or mouth - are often the first sign of this disease.
There is currently no known way of preventing a dog from catching Alabama Rot and experts say treatment is only effective in around 20 per cent of cases.
Although the cause at this time remains unknown, one theory suggests the disease is picked up on the paws and legs on muddy walks.
Owners should wash any mud off their dogs when they return home and watch out for signs of the illness and contact a vet if in doubt.
Anderson Moores Vet Specialists has not said exactly where in Preston the dog was infected, but a map detailing all confirmed cases can be found by clicking HERE.
What should I do if my dog is showing symptoms?
Dr Huw Stacey, vet and director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, advised 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."
Further information about Alabama Rot can be found here: https://www.andersonmoores.com/owner/CRGV.php
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