Vets Warn Dog Owners – Fatal Flesh Eating Disease Alabama Rot Is Back

Alabama Rot is a fast acting life threatening disease for dogs.  It was first found in dogs in Alabama, United States during the 1980’s.

At first this disease seemed prominent in greyhounds and only popped up now and again.

In the last few years outbreaks of this flesh eating killer disease is effecting many dogs of any age, sex,  or breed.


This disease is rare but on the rise across the United States and United Kingdom – within the last few years.

This disease damages the blood vessels of the dog’s skin and kidneys.

It causes tiny blood clots to form in the blood vessels which blocks them, and can ultimately lead to damage of the affected tissue.

Blood Clots – In the skin causes ulceration

Blood Clots – In the Kidneys can lead to kidney failure


Little is known about what causes Alabama Rot – (also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopath).

While this fatal disease can happen any time, it is most prominently reported in the spring/winter months in various countries/states across the United Kingdom, and United States.

There have been no known cases of humans or other animals getting Alabama Rot.

Currently there is NO vaccination for Alabama Rot, but vets are actively trying to find out what the cause is, so they can create a vaccination and advise dog owners of prevention methods etc.

In May this year Vets from across the United Kingdom are holding a conference at Reading’s Madejski Stadium in Berkshire, to discuss the flesh-eating disease, which has killed more than 100 dogs in four years.


Skin lesions – That are not caused by any other known injury.  The lesions can look like red ulcers, bites, sores, wounds or stings.

Lesions usually appear on the legs and paws, but can also appear on other parts of the body including, inside the mouth and on the tongue.

Dogs often lick the lesions.

Within 1-9 days – The dog can show signs of kidney failure…

  • Reduced appetite
  •  Vomiting
  • Tiredness

So far most dogs in this stage have been fatal.

WARNING: If your dog has skin lesions from no other known cause – SEEK advice from your veterinary professional urgently!

Pictures of What Alabama Rot Lesions
Can Look Like

Article written May 2017

Source: Alabama Rot UK

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