Alabama Rot

15 November 2021

As we head into the autumn and winter months, we want to help dog owners and make them aware of the symptoms of Alabama Rot.

The disease, which originally appeared in the late 1980s, was first detected in the UK in 2012. When it affects the kidneys, it, unfortunately, has a 90 per cent mortality rate.

While the disease remains rare, if a dog is suspected of suffering from Alabama Rot, the best chance of recovery lies with early and intensive management.

Here are a few symptoms associated with Alabama Rot to keep an eye out for…

Symptoms of Alabama Rot

  • Sores on the skin, particularly the knee or elbow
  • Visible swelling and redness
  • Increased thirst and reduced appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy