Four other cases of the deadly Alabama Rot dog disease have been confirmed in the UK and one of them is located near Cheltenham.
This was confirmed by veterinary specialists Anderson Moores who claimed that one of the new cases was spotted in Cheltenham.
GloucestershireLive reports that there is no way to stop the dog from getting the disease and treatment is only successful in 20% of cases.
An organization spokesman said, “Unfortunately, we have four more cases of renal glomerular cutaneous vasculopathy (often referred to as CRGV and sometimes known as Alabama Rot) to be confirmed.
“The cases came from Ivybridge (Devon), Oakham (Rutland), Cookstown (Tyrone County) and Cheltenham (Gloucestershire).
“This brings the total number of confirmed CRGV cases to 204 since 2012, with 29 in 2019.”
Canines infected with Alabama Rot suffer from skin ulcers, kidney failure and death. Causes damage to the blood vessels of the skin and kidneys.
The owners are encouraged to wash the mud of the woods away from their dogs because the disease is thought to be collected on the paws and paws of dogs during muddy walks.
Anderson Moores provides information on Alabama Rot, also known as cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV).
What is CRGV?
CRGV is a disease caused by damage to the blood vessels of the skin and kidneys. It causes the formation of small blood clots in the blood vessels which blocks them and can lead to damage to the affected tissue. In the skin, this causes ulceration; however, in the kidney it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure).
What are the CRGV causes?
The cause at this time remains unknown but investigations are ongoing.
How can I stop my dog from getting CRGV?
Unfortunately, since the cause is currently unknown, it is very difficult to give specific advice on prevention. You may want to consider taking a bath in any area of your dog that gets wet or muddy during a walk; however, at this stage we do not know whether this is necessary or of any benefit.
Where should I take my dog to avoid CRGV?
Cases of CRGV have been reported by many different counties in the UK and dog owners are currently not advised to avoid particular locations. Although an environmental cause for this disease is considered possible, it has not yet been proven by testing.
How do I know if my dog has CRGV?
Unexplained redness, sores or swelling of the skin (especially on legs or legs but also body, face, tongue or mouth) are often the first sign of this disease. It is important to remember that most of the time a skin problem will NOT be caused by CRGV; however, lesions in the CRGV can be difficult to distinguish from cuts, wounds, stings or bites, so if in doubt it is best to consult a veterinarian. Although skin changes are caused by CRGV, many dogs will not develop kidney problems and fully recover.
Although CRGV can be very serious, the number of dogs with skin lesions and kidney failure remains low (94 cases confirmed across the UK between November 2012 and April 2017).
How is CRGV treated?
If your dog develops a skin lesion, the vet will be able to advise you on the most appropriate management. The vet will decide if your dog needs antibiotics and if the area needs coverage. Some forms of pain reliever (called nonsteroidal) can be best avoided. Dogs who develop kidney failure (which is called acute kidney damage) will need much more intensive management and the vet may recommend referral to a specialist.
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