Published: 21/01/2014 11:15:38
information on new forest dog deaths
**Updated January 2015**
We are asking anyone who has concerns that their dog has been affected by CRGV (or Alabama rot) to aid this investigation by completing a questionnaire.
During winter 2013 and 2014, several dogs that had been walked in areas including the New Forest, Dorset, Surrey, Cornwall, Worcestershire, Lancashire and County Durham, developed acute kidney failure coinciding with recent wounds or skin lesions to the face or legs. The AHT continues to offer support to the investigation and has made a questionnaire, aimed at gathering information on the illness, available on its website for dog owners to complete.
Dog owners are advised to look out for wounds or lesions on the limbs or face of their dog which will not heal. Affected dogs then go on to develop signs of severe depression, loss of appetite, and vomiting, quickly accompanied by acute injury to the kidneys, which can be fatal.
If you are concerned that your dog may be showing signs of CRGV, please contact your local veterinary practice.
Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Winchester, Hampshire, is leading the investigation into CRGV. David Walker, Head of Internal Medicine at Anderson Moores, said: "We are working with a number of veterinary and medical colleagues in the UK and the US to try and identify the cause of CRGV. Pet owners should seek veterinary attention if they identify a wound of unknown cause on their dog's legs or face and are concerned."
Dr Richard Newton, Head of Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust said: “Input from dog walkers is essential to progress the investigation. The questionnaire will provide vital information to help identify areas of highest risk, and possibly factors that contribute to the condition.
"Although cases of CRGV have been seen in a very small percentage of dogs, it is important for dog owners to be vigilant and to seek advice from their local vet immediately if their dog develops any of the clinical signs. "
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your local veterinary practice in the first instance.
A hard copy of the questionnaire can be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.