Alabama Rot: Debunking Common Myths & Misconceptions

Alabama Rot, also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy), is a rare and potentially deadly disease that affects dogs. Since its discovery in the UK in 2012, there have been many myths and misconceptions surrounding this disease, leading to confusion and fear among dog owners. In this article, we’ll address some of the most common myths and misconceptions about Alabama Rot and provide you with accurate information to help keep your furry friend safe.

Debunking Common Myths & Misconceptions Around Alabama Rot

Myth 1: Alabama Rot Is a New Disease

While Alabama Rot was first discovered in the UK in 2012, a similar disease has been around for decades. The disease was first reported in greyhounds in the United States in the 1980s, and it has also been reported in other countries, including Germany and the Czech Republic.

Myth 2: Alabama Rot Only Affects Certain Breeds of Dogs

Alabama Rot can affect any breed of dog, regardless of age or sex. However, some breeds may be more susceptible to the disease than others. For example, in the UK, the disease has been reported more commonly in breeds such as the Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, and Hungarian Vizsla. Thus far, toy breeds are rarely affected.

Myth 3: Alabama Rot Is Caused by a Specific Type of Bacteria

The exact cause of Alabama Rot is still unknown, but causation by a specific bacterial species has not been confirmed. Similar disease known as haemolytic uraemic syndrome has been associated with E. coli in dogs, horses, rabbits, and humans but this has not been confirmed in CRGV. Some vets have noted that Aeromonas spp. causes similar lesions in amphibians and are researching association with this organism. However, this has not yet been proven as a causal factor. Similar diseases in humans are often multi-factorial with genetics playing a large factor in development.

Myth 4: Alabama Rot Can Be Passed From Dog to Dog

Alabama Rot is not known to be a contagious disease, and there is no evidence to suggest that it can be passed from dog to dog. Multiple dogs from the same household have been occasionally found to develop disease at the same time, but interestingly other dogs in the same household have not been affected. This implies that dogs may be exposed to a certain trigger, perhaps in the environment, and that susceptible individuals succumb to disease.

Myth 5: All Cases of Skin Lesions Are Caused by Alabama Rot

Not all cases of skin lesions are caused by Alabama Rot. While skin lesions are a common symptom of the disease, there are many other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as allergies or infections. It is important to consult with a veterinarian if your dog develops any skin lesions, as prompt treatment can make a significant difference in the outcome.

Myth 6: Alabama Rot Can Be Prevented by Avoiding Certain Areas

While it is true that some cases of Alabama Rot have been associated with certain areas, such as woodland or heathland, there is no way to completely prevent the disease by avoiding these areas. The cause of the disease is still unknown, and may involve  environmental factors that are not yet fully understood. However, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of the disease and to seek veterinary advice if you suspect your dog may be affected.

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Alabama Rot is a rare and potentially deadly disease that can affect any breed of dog. While the cause of the disease is still unknown, a specific type of bacteria has not been proven as a cause and is not clearly contagious. It is important to be aware of the symptoms of the disease and to seek veterinary advice if you suspect your dog may be affected. With prompt treatment, the prognosis for dogs with Alabama Rot can be good, so don’t hesitate to seek help if you have any concerns about your furry friend’s health. You can also find out more from our Alabama Rot FAQs.