Arun Veterinary Group

Should I be worried about ‘Alabama Rot’?

alabama rot

Public awareness has recently increased surrounding this emerging and potentially fatal condition.  At the time of writing West Sussex has had three confirmed cases of the disease.

We would like to give you more information on this disease but as the cause is not known and we do not know how it is spread it is difficult to provide accurate and correct advice.

To date the number of cases in the UK is very small compared to the dog population at large so the risk is still very low that your dog will get the disease whatever the cause.

Alabama Rot is the name given to a disease first discovered in America that closely resembles the disease that has been reported in the UK. The correct name for this condition in the UK is Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy or CRGV. It has only been reported in the UK in the last couple of years and the first cases were reported in the New Forest.

The initial signs are lesions on the skin and sometimes in the mouth that resemble bites, stings, wounds or sores. Some cases have gone on to develop a life threatening kidney failure in spite of treatment.

Currently there is no known causal agent – although there may be a relationship to muddy walks in woods but this is merely speculative though it would be sensible to wash your dog down thoroughly after a muddy walk.

A specialist veterinary centre Anderson Moore Veterinary Specialists have been investigating this disease for almost three years and they have a page providing up to date information should you wish to find out more.

We at Arun Veterinary Group wish to assure our clients that we endeavour to keep ourselves fully aware of this and other new and emerging diseases. As best we can we will look out for the danger signs and treat your pets to the best of our abilities at all times.


  • Interesting regarding the symptoms, our old Labrador in the 1980’s used to get sores like described when he went for a walk in Monkmead Woods, usually through the muddy areas, it used to heal up after a few days, but in the end we stopped walking him down there, I wonder if there is any link?

    • Matthew Gittings

      Hi Martin It could well be. Sadly the only way currently to diagnose Alabama Rot is by post mortum. There may well be many cases which have gone undetected and healed up without our knowledge. Fingers crossed a test will be out in the near future.

  • I have just seen a piece from Spirit FM (17th May 2017) saying vets have said there has been a confirmed case in West Chiltington. Have you heard about this?

    • Liz Panter

      Hi Dean

      We have and we do have an article for this in latest news on the website.

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