Dog owners be aware – Alabama rot is in Lincolnshire

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A case Alabama rot, also know as CRGV, has been reported in Lincolnshire, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 152 since 2012, with 29 cases in 2018.

Dog owners are being advised to be vigilant and seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions or sores.

Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) is a disease which currently has an unknown cause and can lead to kidney failure. Although an environmental trigger for this disease is suspected, it has not been proven.

CRGV was previously been reported in a case series of greyhounds in the USA in the 1980s, a Great Dane in Germany and a greyhound within the UK.

A range of breeds have been identified with CRGV in the UK indicating that the disease does not solely affect greyhounds. Also, there does not appear to be a weight, sex or age factor. There is, however, a potential seasonal factor with most cases being identified between November and May.

It is also possible that the disease is picked up on the paws and legs from muddy walks, so it is advised that you always wash mud off your dog, and check your dog regularly for sores.