Alabama Rot, a disease affecting dogs, has been noted in many counties across the UK. It was first recorded in Alabama, and is also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV).
Its cause is unknown and there appears to be no specific breed, age or gender predilection, but may be more common between November and June. Its presenting signs variable but may include skin erosions or ulcerations on the limbs – particularly around the feet, on the abdomen or muzzle. These signs then may be followed by acute kidney failure, which may be fatal.
The diagnosis is confirmed definitively by examination of samples of skin lesions, or of the kidney.
If you are worried about any unexplained skin lesions, please take your dog to your usual practice.