Winchester-based Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists has launched a new website about cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), otherwise more snappily known as Alabama Rot.

The practice has been leading research into the devastating disease since 2012 and has collated information on all confirmed cases across the country. 

The disease, which originally appeared in the late 1980s, was first detected in the UK in 2012.

When it affects the kidneys, it has a 90% mortality rate.  

The new site offers advice and information, including a live map of confirmed cases across the UK, for both vets and pet owners.

David Walker, American, RCVS and EBVS European specialist in small animal internal medicine, leads the team at Anderson Moores and is the UK’s foremost authority on the disease. 

He said: “We have been at the forefront of research into CRGV for almost a decade now and have witnessed first-hand the often-devastating effects of the disease. 

“In launching this new website, we aim to inform pet owners and colleagues in the veterinary industry about CRGV. 

“We hope the confirmed case map will prove useful.

"Although an environmental trigger has not been definitively proven, the seasonality of the disease makes it eminently possible and the map allows everyone to see the location of confirmed cases.”   

So far this year, Anderson Moores has recorded a total of 26 confirmed cases of CRGV.

This number comes on the back of 47 confirmed cases during 2020, 19 cases in 2019 and 18 in 2018.

277 cases have been confirmed since the disease was first recognised in the UK in 2012. 

David said: “As we enter the winter months, we want to advise dog owners around the country to remain calm but vigilant and seek advice from their local vets if their dog develops an unexplained skin lesion(s), especially on the leg. 

“Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the time of year when cases are most commonly identified – 92% of dogs with the disease are seen between November and May.

"This is understandably a concern for dog owners; however, the disease remains rare.

“If a dog is suspected to be suffering from CRGV, the best chance of recovery probably lies with early and intensive management which may be best provided at a specialist facility. 

“Treatment primarily revolves around intensive management of the acute kidney injury and is sadly only successful in around 10% cent of cases.” 

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