Alabama Rot appears to be most prevalent in the Goring Heath area, so please avoid woods with muddy stagnant pools of water.

Alabama rot causes skin lesions and can cause fatal kidney disease.  The cause of Alabama rot is unknown, but most dogs that need treatment have been walked in muddy, woodland areas If you notice symptoms of Alabama rot, such as lesions, sores or ulcers on your dog’s legs, paws or face, contact your vet immediately.

 The first signs you may notice if your dog has contracted Alabama rot are lesions or ulcers on the skin. These could appear as a patch of red skin, or as an open ulcer or sore. In many cases, the lesions will look out of the ordinary. These sores are most found on a dog’s paws or lower legs, but they can also be found on a dog’s face, mouth or tongue, or on their lower body. 

Signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, tiredness and vomiting. If your dog is showing signs of sore skin or ulcers on an area of their body that is close to the floor (and you know these have not been caused by an injury) it is a good idea to contact your vet immediately. 

On average, dogs suffer from kidney failure about three days after lesions begin to show on the skin, however the time between sores appearing and kidney failure can be between one and 10 days. The earlier this disease is caught and treated by a vet, the higher the chances of recovery. 

 How can you stop my dog getting Alabama rot? 

As the source of Alabama rot is unknown, there is no way of making sure you stay away from the cause – but there are things you can do to prevent your dog from being affected.

 Checking your dog’s body once a day for lumps and bumps is a good habit for all dog owners to check their dogs regularly for the signs listed above will help lower the risk of your dog dying from Alabama rot. 

Sadly, dogs have contracted Alabama rot in many places across the UK over the past couple of years, with cases reported in Berkshire, Cornwall, County Durham, the New Forest, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and Northern Ireland. Thankfully, the disease is not always fatal and the earlier it is caught, the greater your dog’s chances of survival. 

Dogs cannot be vaccinated against Alabama rot. If you are in doubt, give your vet a call. It is better to be safe than sorry.