Suspected case of deadly dog disease Alabama rot reported at Cannock Chase
Written by The Newsroom on January 30, 2020
A suspected case of Alabama rot has been reported at a Midlands beauty spot that is hugely popular with dog walkers.
The deadly dog disease, also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), can be fatal is left untreated.
The suspected case has been reported in Cannock Chase.
Alabama rot damages the lining of the blood vessels in the skin and kidneys and can lead to kidney damage and ulcers.
Vets Pool House Veterinary Hospital, in Lichfield, has issued a warning on its Facebook page after two suspected cases were reported at the weekend.
Although not officially confirmed, the practice claims dogs may have been affected in Cannock Chase and Hoar Cross, near Burton.
It is believed the pooch was walking from the Dry Pits car park towards Oats Hill in Cannock Chase.
According to Pool House Veterinary Hospital: “We have had two suspected cases of CRGV (Alabama Rot) over this weekend possibly from the Cannock Chase and Hoar Cross areas.
“Currently we are awaiting confirmation for these cases and we will release more details as they become available.
“If you are concerned that your dog is showing symptoms then please contact the practice for advice.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of the dogs affected.”
A number of symptoms should be looked out for by dog-owners.
They include skin lesions, ulcers, sores and bite marks.
Infected dogs may become lethargic or suffer from a loss of appetite.
Jaundice and discoloration can be seen in the dog’s eyes, gums or nostrils, while vomiting and gagging is a further symptom.
The earliest sign is typically a skin sore that is not caused by an injury, normally found below the elbow or on the belly or muzzle.
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