Alabama Rot

 

A short update and some facts to respond to recent, worrying local news:

  • Alabama rot (CRGV/ cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy) has first been discovered in the USA in the 1980s (predominantly in Greyhounds).
  • Up to date (Countryfile, January 2020) there have been 204 confirmed cases of Alabama rot in the UK.
  • The causative agent of Alabama rot is currently unknown and there is no known treatment for the disease.
  • Most lesions noticed on your animal's extremities and face are minor injuries and have got nothing to do with Alabama rot.
  • Most vets would prescribe antibiotics and nonsteroidals to treat wounds, but there is no evidence that this is protecting your dog of Alabama rot.
  • There have been reports of fast progressing cases of Alabama rot, with presentation of smelly, extensive wounds and others of smaller lesions, apparently healing after initial treatment.
  • Death occurs due to kidney failure in the later stages.
  • There is no evidence that Alabama rot is a zoonosis (can spread to humans).
  • The only way to diagnose Alabama rot is by histological examination of the kidneys (obtained during a post mortem examination). This can take up to three weeks. A blood test at your vet's can only diagnose kidney failure, which can occur due to a number of reasons.

We have information leaflets available at reception and would advice all dog owners to check their animals after each walk. Should any lesions be present on the extremities, we advice to clean these thoroughly and desinfect them thereafter.


Surgery hours


DULVERTON PRACTICE:
Mon-Fri: 9.00-9.30 am
                2.00-2.30 pm
Sat:        9.00-9.30 am

VACCINE CLINIC:
Thur: 12.00-1.00 pm

BAMPTON PRACTICE:
Mon-Fri: 3.30-4.00 pm
Sat:         NO Surgery

TELEPHONE NUMBER: 01398 323285

Good to know


BVD Stamp it out

Following the success of our first 2 rounds of "BVD Stamp it out", we are running a third and last round of this sister project of "BVD free England" this spring and summer. If you would like your beef herd to undergo a free investigation into its BVD status, contact us and ask for Vicky or Patricia.


Please ring the surgery and ask for Patricia or Vicky.
Tel:01398 323285


 


Repeat Prescriptions

We can be extremely busy at times, so if we have seen your pet within the last 6 months, please ring or email us with your request and we will have it ready for you when you arrive. We are also happy to prepare flea & tick & worming treatments in advance. Tel:01398 323285

Please ring us during opening times (9:00am -5:00pm), if possible 24 hours in advance, in case your prescription needs to be ordered in.