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Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot is a deadly disease that affects a range of breeds of dog. Cases have been reported across the country but to date there have been no confirmed cases in Cumbria.

It is not a threat to humans and there is no evidence it affects other animals.

  • the cause is unknown
  • the disease is extremely rare and very little is known about it
  • it doesn't seem to be passed from dog to dog
  • it appears to be linked to dogs that have been walked in muddy or wooded areas

We have no powers or responsibilities regarding Alabama Rot. 

What to look out for

  • dogs reported with the disease can suffer kidney failure and/or skin lesions
  • If you notice a wound, lesion or blister on your dog's leg or face, seek advice from your vet. This could be hard to spot but you may notice your dog licking itself more than usual
  • Alabama Rot attacks the kidneys so look out for signs of kidney failure, such as if your dog starts vomiting or stops eating

If you have any concerns, contact your vet.

Advice about avoiding the disease

Keep your dog under close control on muddy ground and in woodland areas and be aware of anything they might eat, chew or pick up.  It may be worth cleaning your dog thoroughly following a walk.

Dog owners should be vigilant. If you have any concerns contact your vet.

It is important to keep this in context. To date no dogs walked in South Lakeland have come to any harm.

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