So far, vets don’t know the cause of the disease or even any ways of curing or prevention to the deadly disease.
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UK has witnessed many cases of the deadly disease and now there are 3 more concerning cases. They happened in Devon and Cumbria, where there haven’t even any cases of Alabama Rot.
In the late 1980s, Alabama Rot first appeared affecting greyhounds in America, before spreading to other parts of the world. Since 2012, there have been cases in 27 counties across the UK. The disease leads to skin sores and kidney failure in dogs.
Vets advise dog owners to pay attention when taking dogs for a walk in winter. David Walker, from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, unfortunately explained that they still didn’t know about the causes of the disease. They also didn’t know any prevention ways from it.
Walker stressed the importance of knowing about all the suspected cases of the Alabama Rot from vets, so they can learn and study the disease.
So far, there have been a total of 81 confirmed cases in the UK, 17 of which is in 2016. The newest cases took place in Carlisle, Caldicot in Monmouthshire and Raymond’s Hill in Devon.
David added by saying that analyzing the tissues of the affected dogs will help them to confirm the disease. He also said that a test on the kidney of an affected dog could confirm the disease.
As for the symptoms of the disease, the first thing to look at is a skin sore that isn’t caused by a known injury. Dog owners can find these sores below the elbow or knee. The might appear as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin or are open or ulcer-like.