Although the disease is extremely rare, Dogs Trust, the UK's leading dog welfare charity recommends a few sensible precautionary steps that dog walkers can take to avoid Alabama rot.
Where possible stick to dry paths and keep your dog out of muddy or wet areas, check your dog’s legs for any lesions or wounds and go straight to your vet if they are not healing or if your dog starts to become ill or suffers from lethargy, lack of appetite or vomiting. Local vets are all aware of the situation so will be able to provide further advice if you have any concerns about the situation.
Dog owners in Kent are being urged to be aware of the signs of a flesh-eating disease which has spread across the country. Alabama Rot is a canine condition caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidneys. The kidney damage causes tiny blood clots and skin ulcerations to appear on the lower limbs, face, mouth and belly, followed by lethargy and vomiting. Although still rare in the UK, there have been two confirmed cases in Kent.