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ALABAMA ROT: Northwood veterinarian issues warning after rare dog disease spotted

 Published on: 15th December 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood veterinary clinic has issued a warning to dog owners after a local pet contracted a rare and serious illness.

Fauna Veterinary posted on social media about a dog which was brought to them with a suspected case of Alabama rot. The disease causes skin lesions and, in more severe cases, kidney failure.

The dog has been regularly walked around both the Northwood and Rickmansworth areas.

The clinic stated: “Alabama rot is still not fully understood, making diagnosis and treatment challenging. Early detection and monitoring are crucial for the best possible outcome.”

Signs your dog may have the disease include skin sores, especially on the paws, legs and face; changes in appetite; lethargy or loss of energy; and vomiting and diarrhoea.

Fauna Veterinary also encourage washing mud and dirt off of your dog after walks to prevent catching and spreading the illness.

The RSPCA has reassured dog owners that the threat is very low. To find out more, please visit the RSPCA website.

Photo Credit: Fauna Veterinary

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