Alabama rot is an uncommon but potentially very serious condition that recently has received a lot of media attention. Over the last 6 years, more Alabama rot cases have been seen between November and May than between June and October, suggesting a possible winter / spring seasonality.
Alabama Rot is also known as cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) and is caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. Small clots form in these blood vessels thereby cutting off the flow of blood and depriving tissues of their nutrient supply. In the skin this results in ulceration, and in the kidneys causes kidney failure. The kidneys normally remove waste products from the body in urine and therefore when they stop working toxins build up in the body.
The cause of Alabama rot is unknown but seems to be more common in dogs who have recently been on wet, muddy walks. A map of where cases have been reported can be viewed here: www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/ You can see that cases have been reported in the East Midlands.
The first symptom of Alabama rot is often unexplained redness, pain and swelling on the paws or legs but other areas can be affected. Obviously, this could be caused by an unrelated injury so, if you are concerned, please contact us for further advice and to arrange a consultation to assess the wound.
The Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) is a National charity aiming to raise awareness and funds for Alabama Rot (CRGV) research: www.arrf.co.uk