Alabama Rot Information

Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot
(cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy CRGV)

This is a serious flesh eating disease that is often fatal in dogs. It also causes kidney failure in its severe form.

Symptoms and Signs

The disease is characterised by cutaneous and sometimes renal changes with the latter frequently being ultimately fatal.

Common symptoms, but are not limited to:

  • Cutaneous lesions involving erythema, erosion, ulceration occurring mainly on extremities such as legs, tail, muzzle and belly
  • High Fever
  • General feeling of discomfort, or tiredness
  • Anorexia
  • Vomiting or retching

The disease is very fast acting and easy spread. Please be vigilant and check your dog thoroughly after every walk!

Alabama Rot

Early Signs of Alabama Rot

Severe Alabama Rot

Severe Alabama Rot










Without a doubt, if you notice anything you’re unsure of please contact your vet immediately. They can help prescribe medication for it and will be able to advise managing the issues.

The best treatment for this condition seems to be prevention though. Try to cut down the number of walks while there is a high risk, Avoid grassy and wooded area, keep to paths and pavements. Wash your dog thoroughly when you get home after every walk! (do not scrub too hard breaking the skin would be a worse situation). Check thoroughly for any of the signs above often. Keep your dog away from other dogs to stop the spread even if you just think there might be a problem until confirmed by a Vet


There are lots of speculation and theory but it mainly seems to be due to parasite or bacteria. They can infect the dogs while out on a walk, mainly in grassy, wet or muddy areas.

Boring Details

It is thought Alabama Rot to be linked to EColie, but in the UK it seems not to have any EColie link which is why it has been refereed to cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy CRGV.

It was first discovered in the 1980’s in USA mainly in Greyhounds. It seemed to spread to the UK in 2012. Scientists are still looking into the disease.


Published : 06/04/2018
Information from : Wikipedia, Local Vets,
Author : Bob Dent