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**ALABAMA ROT - IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR DOG OWNERS - PLEASE READ**

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One of our regular clients asked us recently whether we had seen any cases of "Alabama Rot". This is a condition which has only recently appeared in the UK and was initially centred around the New Forest region, but now appears to be much more widespread. The disease causes skin sores and can cause kidney failure as well. Some cases are fatal and we believe treating these dogs early is likely to be important to outcome. The cause of the condition is currently unknown, but it has not been shown to be contagious between dogs or to affect cats or other animals.

 

Frisbee, a lovely 3 year old black labradoodle is the first suspected case we have seen at Highcroft of “Alabama rot” and he is currently receiving treatment under our Critical Care specialist, Helen Wilson.

We do not wish to panic dog owners, as this is a rare condition and the vast majority of skin wounds will not be caused by this condition. However, if you notice multiple skin wounds on the legs of your dogs, we advise bringing them to the surgery straight away for assessment, do not wait to see if they will improve by themselves.


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