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Alabama Rot

Find information for dog owners about Alabama Rot.

What is Alabama Rot?

Since November 2012 a small number of unexpected deaths in dogs has occurred in various parts of the country.

Signs and test results of affected dogs are similar to those previously reported in dogs with Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) commonly called "Alabama Rot". This can cause kidney failure in dogs. Despite environmental and veterinary testing, the exact cause of the disease remains unknown.


Dog owners are advised to look for lesions/wounds of unknown cause on the limbs or face of their dogs. The lesions can be in size from a 5 pence to a 50 pence coin. Owners should quickly seek advice from their vet if they are concerned. Affected dogs may develop signs of severe depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and could suffer kidney failure.

What can you do as a dog owner?

Wash your dog if it has been through wet and muddy areas with an anti-bacterial shampoo.

If you believe your dog has been affected, please contact your local vet.

Whilst dog owners will understandably be concerned, it is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected.

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Animal health
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Community Protection
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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