Owners be vigilant

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As the weather gets milder and wetter it is time for owners to remain alert for possible signs of canine cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), more commonly known as Alabama Rot. Unfortunately the cause of this potentially fatal condition is still unknown but it has become evident that 92% of cases occur between November and May, with more cases seen when there has been heavy rainfall and in dogs walked in woodland. Ulcerating skin lesions most commonly on the lower limbs are often the first sign of the disease, affected dogs often have a fever and can become extremely unwell as they go on to develop potentially fatal kidney damage. Although CRGV is a relatively rare disease the sporadic occurance and potential severity of the disease warrants that dog owners be aware and vigilant. For more information about CRGV including access to useful resources please refer to our Autumn 2019 newsletter. If you are concerned your dog may be showing possible symptoms of CRGV please book in to see a vet as soon as possible.

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