There have been confirmed 4 cases of cutaneous renal glomerular vasculopathy (often termed CRGV and sometimes known as Alabama Rot).
The cases were from Ivybridge (Devon), Oakham (Rutland), Cookstown (County Tyrone) and Cheltenham (Gloucestershire). This brings the total number of confirmed CRGV cases to 204 since 2012, with 29 in 2019.
Information courtesy of Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists
What is CRGV?
A disease causing damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidneys. It causes tiny blood clots to form in the blood vessels, which blocks them and can ultimately lead to damage of the affected tissue. In the skin this causes ulceration but in the kidney, it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure).
What causes CRGV?
The cause remains unknown. Investigations are ongoing.
How do I stop my dog from getting CRGV?
As the cause is unknown, at present it is very difficult to give specific advice about prevention. It has been suggested to bathe dogs that become muddy or wet on walks, however at this stage we do not know if this is necessary or of any benefit. Where should I walk my dog to avoid CRGV? We are not currently advising dog owners to avoid any specific locations and cases have been reported from across many different counties in the UK. Although an environmental cause for the disease is possible, it has not been proven with testing to date.
How will I know if my dog gets CRGV?
Unfortunately diagnosis is currently only via post mortem examination
Over the last 4 years, more CRGV cases have been seen between November and May than between June and October, suggesting a possible Winter/Spring seasonality
CRGV has not been seen in animals other than dogs. Owners of dogs affected have not been affected by this illness.
No – these are 2 completely separate illnesses causing different symptoms. SCI causes vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy with no ulcerative skin lesions.
Research into new diseases requires a lot of funding. This pays for the development of new diagnostic tests, investigation into the causes of the disease and ultimately the development of more effective treatments.
Donations can be made to www.alabamarot.co.uk – a charity dedicated solely to CRGV
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