Lethal disease hits pet dogs

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Dog owners across Lancashire have been warned to take extra precautions when out walking their pets this spring and summer after an outbreak of the deadly disease Alabama Rot.

The mysterious illness, which first appeared in the late 1980s affecting greyhounds in America, has spread to at least 16 counties in England, with 46 cases confirmed since 
December 2013 – two of them in Lancashire.

“The cause of Alabama Rot is still unknown and while there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, our preventative methods might help put a stop to it in the UK,” said Huw Stacey, head of clinical services at Vets4Pets.

“Cases are currently extremely rare and our advice is aimed at informing people about the disease, because the warmer weather will soon be upon us and many people will be enjoying the outdoors with their pets and we want to 
ensure dogs are kept safe.”