Owners are being urged to stay alert after a dog died in a suspected case of Alabama Rot in Battle.
Alabama Rot, or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), is a new condition in dogs that was first recognised in the UK in 2012.
Dogs which contract the disease can suffer serious skin lesions and kidney damage. It is often fatal.
The cause of CRGV is not yet known, but there is a possible link with walking dogs in woodland.
It is thought the animal may have picked up the disease from Battle Great Woods.
Senlac Veterinary Centre, based in Battle, said issued the following advice on its website: “We are aware of the local concerns about a suspected case of CRGV in the local vicinity.
“The current situation is that diagnosis has not yet been confirmed by the Royal Veterinary College.
“CRGV is a new condition in dogs that was first recognised in the UK in 2012.
“Skin ulcerations appear on the lower limb, face, mouth or belly, followed a few days later by lethargy and vomiting caused by kidney damage, which is often fatal.
“At the moment there is no test to confirm the condition in the live dog. Blood tests for kidney function and haematology are helpful indicators. Treatment is aimed at support of kidney function with intravenous fluids and/or kidney dialysis.
“The cause of CRVG is not yet known but there is a strong association with walking dogs in woodland.
“If your dog develops an ulcer or raw spot on the lower leg, face, mouth or belly you should have it checked by a vet.
“Washing your dog after a walk in the woods is a sensible precaution.”
To find out more about the condition, visit www.alabamarot.co.uk
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