Alabama Rot is a disease spreading like a wildfire across the UK. Unfortunately, almost all cases of the disease have resulted in fatalities.
We all want to protect our furry babies and ensure they live a long life by our side, so while this epidemic is sweeping the UK, it’s vital to learn about the disease to prevent it from affecting our precious pawed friends.
Here are 8 things you need to know about Alabama Rot – let’s keep our dogs safe:
- Most cases are found in similar locations
Vets4Pets has been very proactive in spreading plenty of awareness of the disease, making it easier to take a stand against this ruthless condition. They released a map of the confirmed cases within the UK, on the map you can see affected areas and take extra caution when going on your daily walks or holidays away with little Freddie. From a bird’s eye view, the only area without any confirmed cases is East Anglia.
- There is no known cause
Alabama rot has only recently been recognised, so research is still at early stages. Sadly, this means there is no sure way to protect our darlings as the cause is unknown. However, there seems to be a correlation with muddy areas in which it is suggested here to give little Freddie a bath after a messy walk.
- November to May is peak season
Although there is not enough evidence to prove that Alabama rot is a winter/spring disease, there are a higher number of cases between November to May. To be exact, 93% of cases were during this time period. It’s certainly worth keeping this in mind for the upcoming winter.
- The Symptoms are spottable
Alabama rot has very distinct and clear symptoms. First signs are usually a very sore, red skin lesion or ulcer, if you notice this on little Freddie then get him to the vets asap as it could save his life. Usually, sores will be found around a dog’s elbow or knee, if they have Alabama rot. After two days, the disease can cause symptoms of kidney failure.
- Cuddles save lives
As much as there is no vaccine available and no sure way to protect little Freddie, noticing the signs early does make the difference between life and death, there have been survivors of Alabama rot when treated early. Checking the paws, joints and mouth for any changes, especially sores can be a lifesaver. Have a cuddle with Freddie and remember, if in doubt – call the vet.
- Protect the paws
It is thought Alabama rot is caught from mud getting on the paws and legs. Again, there is no foolproof prevention as of yet but there is no harm in taking steps to protect Freddie’s paws and being aware on route.
- Alabama Rot Doesn’t Discriminate
Any dog, but only dogs can fall victim to the disease, regardless of breed, age, shape or size. Like any responsible parent, don’t assume that your baby is immune, be aware, be safe.
- All Hope Is Not Lost
Alabama rot is an incredibly scary disease for any dog lover. There is nothing worse than the idea of our furry babies getting sick, they are family. But hope is not lost because the more awareness raised and the more research done, means that one day this notorious disease can be prevented.