Alabama rot or idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular
vasculopathy (CRGV) is a disease that was first identified in the late
1980’s in the USA.
Since November 2012, a number of confirmed cases of CRGV have been seen
across the UK. It was initially thought the disease only affected Greyhounds,
however this is not the case and any breed, age or gender can be affected by
the disease. The cause of the disease remains unknown.
Dogs with the disease
can suffer kidney failure and/or skin lesions. The skin lesions are typically
below the knee or elbow but lesions have also been seen on the face and the
bottom of the chest and abdomen. The lesions may present as a patch of red skin
or a defect in the skin like an ulcer. Over the subsequent 2-10 days, affected
dogs have developed signs of renal failure which can include vomiting, inappetence
It is important to
remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected by the
disease. Most skin lesions will not be caused by this disease and most cases of
kidney failure will have another cause.
If you are concerned
about your dog then please do not hesitate to contact us. Early recognition of
the disease and aggressive treatment is likely to result in the best outcome.