Although there are no known methods of prevention, it may be sensible to wash dogs after wet and muddy walks.
Advice for owners in light of recent cases
Following recent reports of small numbers of isolated Alabama rot cases in dogs across many parts of the UK, owners have expressed concerns about what can be done to avoid this rare, but potentially serious condition.
At present, the cause is still unknown, but most cases are seen in winter and spring (though the disease can be seen any time of year).
Affected dogs will show unexplained skin ulceration on the legs, underparts of the body and/or muzzle or tongue. A variety of other signs of illness can also be seen.
There is no specific test and no known cure, but supportive treatment can help affected patients. Although there are no known methods of prevention, it may be sensible to wash dogs after wet and muddy walks.