Alabama Rot

What is Alabama rot?

Alabama rot is a disease that damages blood vessels within a dog’s skin and kidneys. It causes blood to clot, which damages the kidneys lining and tissues.

This leads to ulcers on the skin and sadly causes kidney failure, which can be fatal.

Alabama rot’s full scientific name is cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), and was first identified in America during the 1980’s.


What causes Alabama rot?

The actual cause of Alabama rot is not yet known. Some reports in America suggest that it could be linked to the bacteria E.coli.

It can affect any dog of any breed, age, or size.

What are the symptoms of Alabama rot?

The first signs you may notice if your dog has contracted Alabama rot are lesions or ulcers on the skin. These could appear as a patch of red skin, or as an open ulcer or sore.

These sores are most commonly found on a dog’s paws or lower legs, but they can also be found on a dog’s face, mouth, or tongue, and sometimes on the lower parts of a dogs body.

Signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, tiredness and vomiting.

On average, dogs suffer from kidney failure about three days after lesions begin to show on the skin, however the time between sores appearing and kidney failure can be between one and 10 days.

The earlier this disease is caught and treated by a vet, the greater the chances of recovery.