Dog owners are been warned to be extra vigilant after a second case of Alabama Rot has been reportedly confirmed in Ireland.
Alabama Rot is a fatal condition found in dogs believed to be caused by toxins produced by bacteria such as E Coli, this disease can affect all breeds of dogs and unfortunately there is no way to fully protect your dog from becoming infected.
However there are precautions you can take to avoid your dog contracting this deadly disease. As it is believed that Alabama Rot is transmitted on the paws and legs on muddy walks dog owners must be sure to rinse legs and paws after walks especially those in woodland settings.
Symptoms to be on the lookout for are unexplained skin lesions, ulcers, sores or bite marks. Within days of these appearing your dog may display symptoms of tiredness, reduced appetite and he may also vomit.
Picture Credit: Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialist
Speaking on his blog, Vet Pete Wedderburn has revealed one case was recently diagnosed in Dublin. "This low incidence of disease means that the risk to other dogs in Ireland is infinitesimally small but as with any new disease, however rare, it can be helpful for people to learn the facts about it." He also stated,
"The dog presented with a large, necrotic ventral skin lesion, lethargy, vomiting, icterus (jaundice), thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), azotaemia (high kidney parameters) and increased liver enzyme activities. These are typical of Alabama Rot, but diagnosis is complex, requiring follow up studies including biopsies etc."
"The owners live in Ranelagh and the dog was walked in the Massey Woods in the days prior to presentation."
"The case was managed at the University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital in early February 2017, but the final postmortem result was not received until late March."
"There is no treatment which has been demonstrated to be effective in these cases, and management consists of supportive care and aggressive management of acute kidney injury. Despite the best possible treatment, many dogs do not survive."
Should you notice any symptoms of Alabama Rot you are urged to contact you vet as soon as possible.