What is CRGV? (Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy/Alabama rot)
CRGV is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. It causes tiny blood clots to form in the blood vessels which blocks them and can ultimately lead to damage of the affected tissue.
In the skin, this causes ulceration; however, in the kidney it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure).
Relatively new to the UK, Alabama rot is fatal in 9 out of 10 cases. It is caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney, leading to ulceration.
In some cases, dogs go on to develop life-threatening kidney failure.
The cause of the disease is not yet known, so a vaccine cannot be developed. Owners are urged to see their vet without delay if their dog starts to lick skin lesions or sores not caused by a known injury.
Wood Veterinary Group Vet Alastair appeared on ITV News a few years ago to talk about the disease and Boe, a beautiful 2 year old Rottweiler who received treatment here at Wood Vet Group for suspected Alabama Rot.
We advise all dog owners to be cautious & aware of the symptoms but the disease is extremely rare!
Anyone with concerns about their pet should seek advice from us as soon as possible.
Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists are leading the research to help us better understand this disease. Please use this link to access further information available for all dog owners about CRGV.