Vets have put pet owners on high alert over the disease “Alabama rot"
The warning came after a dog contracted the condition in Dorset.
Girling and Bowditch vets in West Chelborough, reported the latest case and put out the urgent warning on its Facebook page urging dog owners to be vigilant.
It issued the following warning online: "We have had a confirmed case of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, otherwise known as Alabama Rot.
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"This is a relatively new disease with confirmed cases throughout the country. This disease often manifests as skin lesions.
"Often there will be a scrape or ulcer to an area, often feet. There could be red areas with black centres often found on the legs and muzzle.
"This disease process can go on to affect the kidneys and cause kidney failure with a high probability of fatality. There is no telling which dogs will be affected and whether if they develop skin lesions they will go on to develop kidney failure.
The disease can kill in just three days, but it is not known what causes it
"Unfortunately we do not know the cause but the advice is to wash off legs and tummies of dogs after a muddy walk. As far as we are aware it cannot be passed from one dog to another."
Just last month, another case of the disease was confirmed in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, by Shepton Vets.
The illness, which originated in America, was first found in the UK in the New Forest, Hampshire in 2012. There have been 78 confirmed cases since.
Experts said that when the disease was first identified in America in the 1980s, it appeared to only affect greyhounds. But worryingly it is now striking dogs in this country irrespective of their breed.
Any pet owner who sees these symptoms in their pets should contact a vet immediately
Vets across the South West have now issued a warning to all pet owners to look out for signs of the disease in their dogs as Alabama Rot is fatal in at least 90 per cent of cases.
Owners have been told to look out for lesions appearing on their dogs' skin and paws.
Vets say that it is important for owners to look for sore, open wounds – another key sign.
These warning signs can lead to more sickness over the next two to ten days when dogs could develop clinical signs of kidney failure.
Dogs may then begin to vomit, have a reduced appetite and appear tired.
Any pet owner who sees these symptoms in their pets should contact a vet immediately.
Or, for more information on 'Alabama rot' click here: www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/
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IT'S the animal equivalent of going to the dentist – a trip to the dreaded vets. These pictures – collated by the website pulptastic – show just how traumatic the whole experience is for pets. Hugging their owners closely, some unfortunate dog owners were forced to bear the entire weight of their large canines, and for others it simply proved too much, such as this desperate dog who buried his whole head into a rug
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IT'S the animal equivalent of going to the dentist – a trip to the dreaded vets.?These pictures – collated by the website pulptastic – show just how traumatic the whole experience is for pets.?Hugging their owners closely, some unfortunate dog owners were forced to bear the entire weight of their large canines.?And for others it simply proved too much, such as this desperate dog who buried his whole head into a rug
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