Dog owners are warned after several cases of potentially fatal disease have been found in pets that are all walked in the same area.
The warning is for all dog walkingers who use Llantrisant Common, where a group of Alabama rot cases have been reported.
Alabama rot can be fatal in dogs. It causes damage to the blood vessels and can lead to kidney failure and ultimately death.
The infection causes a dog’s skin to rot because it eats meat, leading to very distressing symptoms. It can be difficult to identify and is known to be a difficult disease to treat.
In a social media post on Wednesday 12 February, Llantristant Town Trust said: “Following the investigation by Llantrisant Town Trust (the charity that manages the lands and rights of Llantrisant Freemen), in collaboration with the department of environmental health of the Council of Rhonnda Cynon Taf and Natural Resources Wales we can confirm several cases of rot in Alabama between dogs that have visited the Municipality recently.
“We have been informed that one of the Alabama rot-affected dogs that may have contracted Llantrisant Common has died today.”
They added that they “strongly advise” dog owners not to bring their dogs together until further notice.
The disease is rare but has increased in the UK over the past decade. Of six cases in 2012, there were 52 in the UK in 2018 and 29 last year across the UK.
This is not the only disease outbreak in dogs recently centered in a particular area of South Wales. In early February, a severe vomiting virus was found in dogs that were strolled in the Pontardawe recreation park near Swansea.
So far in 2020 there have been 12 confirmed cases of Alabama rot across the UK, one of which has been reported in Croespenmaen, Caerphilly.
The largest number of confirmed cases was in Greater Manchester, Dorset, Devon and the New Forest, in Hampshire.
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Speaking of recent cases across the UK, David Walker, of veterinary specialist Anderson Moores, said: “We are sad to announce other cases starting this year, as we are now at the time of year when the cases are Most common.
“Further confirmed cases mean that it is understandably very worrying for dog owners; however, this disease is still very rare, so we advise dog owners to remain calm but alert and seek advice from the local veterinarian if their dog develops skin lesions. unexplained.
“While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, all interested dog owners should visit www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/ for advice and a confirmed case map.”
Alabama rot treatment is successful in about 20% of cases.