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Alabama Rot in Scotland: Update from the Hospital for Small Animals

Alabama Rot in Scotland: Update from the Hospital for Small Animals

It has recently been reported that cases of Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), otherwise known as Alabama Rot, are moving closer to Edinburgh.

Whilst it is true that two cases of CGRV have been reported recently within Scotland, these involved two animals in different locations. 

Our message at this time is for dog owners to be mindful that this remains a very rare disease in Scotland, and indeed in the whole of the UK, with only 204 cases confirmed over an 8 year period.     

Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) is a disease that, as the name describes, affects the blood vessels of the skin and kidney, leading to skin ulceration and kidney damage.

The disease often starts with areas of unexplained redness, swelling or soreness of patches of the skin or in the mouth. There are many other more common causes of these signs, such as bites, stings and injuries, but if your dog shows these signs it is sensible to seek a veterinary opinion. CRGV can be successfully treated in many cases, particularly if it is recognised early.  

Despite research, the cause is at present unknown and this makes giving prevention advice difficult. From reported cases, there are no similarities between where dogs were walked, or other environmental factors such as food type, treats or association with other animals. One piece of prevention advice mentioned in the press is washing and drying your dog if it is particularly muddy after a walk. However, at present, there is no evidence that this will reduce risk (though it might save your furniture!). 

 It is important that you continue to enjoy time with your dog and go on your favourite dog walks. If you suspect that your dog is unwell, seek a veterinary opinion as early as possible.


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