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Alabama rot/cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy

Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), also known as Alabama Rot, is a disease which causes damage to blood vessels in the skin and kidneys in dogs. It is fatal in 9 out of 10 dogs. Since November 2012, more than 120 dogs across the UK have been affected by the disease. In the South West, cases have been reported in Taunton, Chippenham and South Wales.

Recently we have seen our first case of the disease which unfortunately resulted in the death of a very dear patient. The exceptional speed at which this disease progresses has shocked all of us.

This is a devastating disease. The disease presents in three ways:

Skin lesions (non healing, primarily on the lower limbs, stomach, muzzle and tongue)
Depression due to acute onset kidney and liver damage
Variable combinations of both of the above

Due to the high mortality of the disease, there is currently a high level of public concern and our clients often ask us for more information. Unfortunately, we still do not know the cause of the disease. Any breed, age or sex of dog can be affected and progression of the disease can be very fast, with many dogs falling seriously ill within a few days of developing skin lesions.

As the cause of the disease is still unknown, it is difficult to know how to prevent the disease. However, the advice is currently to wash your dog with dog shampoo after he or she has had a wet or muddy walk. If your dog exhibits any of the symptoms listed above please take them to your veterinary practice for a check-up.

If you would like more information regarding Alabama Rot, the current leading specialists are Anderson Moores, a referral practice in Hampshire. Their website can be found at

Image courtesy of Anderson Moore Specialists Published: 07-06-2015

We have been nominated for the Pet Plan Veterinary Awards 2018 for practice of the year

Many thanks to all our wonderful clients who voted for us!

Petplan awards 2018

It's a Jungle out there


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Massive congratulations to Zoe, who has completed all her nursing qualifications and exams and is now a fully qualified veterinary nurse.

She passed at the end of April 2017 and we are all very proud of her achievements.

Read more about Zoe here


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