Alabama Rot: how to spot the signs

Editorial image: general view of a Yorkshire Terrier Credit: Press Association

Vets are warning dog owners to look out for the signs of Alabama Rot, a disease that kills more than three quarters of the dogs it infects.

What is Alabama Rot?

Alabama Rot is more formally known as CRGV. Very little is known about the disease, which causes damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. Blood vessels become blocked by tiny clots, which can lead to ulcers or organ dysfunction.

What are the signs?

  • Skin lesions - a swelling, patch of red skin or ulcer

  • Sores - not caused by any known injury, often below the elbow or knee

  • Symptoms of kidney failure - vomiting, lack of hunger, tiredness

How to prevent Alabama Rot

It is thought the disease is picked up through muddy paws, so washing your dog after a muddy walk is recommended. If you believe your dog is showing signs of Alabama Rot, go to the vet at the earliest opportunity