Cornish dog owners warned over deadly ‘Alabama rot’ disease
3:00pm Tuesday 21st January 2014 in News
Pet owners have been warned after an extremely rare ‘Alabama rot’ disease that has killed 16 dogs in the past year has been reported in Cornwall.
Posters are being placed in the New Forest, Hampshire, after nine cases in the area with another seven dogs being affected in other parts of the country including Cornwall, Surrey, Worcestershire and County Durham.
The symptoms suffered by the dogs are lesions on the lower legs followed by kidney failure between two and seven days later.
Vet David Walker said that the deaths have similarities to a disease called Alabama rot which was first reported in the United States in the 1980s.
He said the cause of this was toxins from the E. coli bacteria but this had not yet been traced in the UK.
Mr Walker, from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hursley, near Winchester, told the BBC: “The owners are taking dogs to the vets then the signs of kidney failure develop two to seven days later.
“The advice I would give to the pet-owning general public is if you see a wound on your dog’s leg, where you might ordinarily leave that for 12 to 24 hours, the advice would be to take your dog to the vets.
“Most vets are now aware of the condition so seek early veterinary attention.”
A Forestry Commission spokesman said that the cause of the deaths had not yet been confirmed and added that signs had been put up to advise dog owners to look out for the symptoms.
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