Recent New Forest dog deaths and whether they relate to Alabama Rot (CRGV) are inconclusive from what I have managed to find out. I'll try to give you an at a glance summary of the latest info of what is known at this time. I'll keep updating too. I walk my rescued Rottie twice a day in the New Forest and obviously hope all remains well, but this disease is occurring all over the country. I understand your concerns about Alabama Rot or CRGV in the New Forest, but every death is a tragedy and can occur anywhere in the country it seems.
If you're wondering when you read the latest bulletin about "CRGV" what happened to Alabama Rot, they are the same disease. For some reason this dog death disease is being called CRGV now. I found this vets information about CRGV and thought you'd find it useful. You'll see it has spread far and wide now sadly throughout many counties.
I'm sure as a dog owner, like me, you are becoming more aware and concerned about media coverage of this horrid disease. Here are a few things I'm doing, or will do if needed, which I want to share with you, hoping it will put the situation into perspective and also help.
December 2015 - not in the New Forest but worth being aware of I think.
This message was posted on Facebook and I think it's worth passing it on to you all.
For all dog owners, Swindon has just had it's first case of Alabama Rot, 4 dogs in the Marlborough area have caught it, sadly 1 has died. All dogs had been walked in Woodland areas in sticky mud, wash dogs down may help. Look for lesions on dogs feet, legs and muzzle area, like small ulcers.
Here's a handy link from Anderson Moores for more info.
I've just read this interesting info from Vets4Pets. It may help you decide whether to visit the New Forest.
Update from Anderson Moores 7th April 2015 update
"There have been three further confirmed cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) over the past month (Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Hampshire). We have also seen two suspected CRGV cases that have survived (from Berkshire and Hampshire). We are not currently waiting on any further pathology results from affected dogs.
A link to the scientific publication on CRGV is provided below. There is a link to a CRGV podcast featuring David Walker on our facebook page"
The advice is still the same, check your dog after every walk for unexplained sores or lesions then act quickly if you're not happy especially if they become lethargic.
I found the Facebook interview interesting as it said they still have no further info but it can be picked up or the dog can develop it themselves.
Update from Anderson Moores 23rd March 2015
We are pleased to be able to report that a paper summarising the details of 30 of the confirmed cases has now been published by The Veterinary Record and is freely available online:
It offers very little info for the layman to easily understand I believe. A report on BBC South today stated that no bacterial or viral source has been found as a cause and neither has any environmental cause.
BBC South quote
""The report states: "Continued detailed evaluation will enhance the understanding of the disease and will hopefully help to identify possible triggers. They concluded it was unclear whether this was an emerging disease or one that was previously present but unrecognised.""
This means it is not a New Forest specific disease (we know from previous updates that this disease has been tragically occurring all over the country, not just the New Forest). Southern vets are extremely aware of this disease and so have been actively looking for it but vets in other areas may not have investigated it in the same way a local Hampshire vet stated on the programme tonight.
Updates from Anderson Moores from December 2014 to 27th February 2015
Please follow these updates.
Update 21st October 2014 from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists
"We would like to remind you that we are entering the time of year when cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV or ‘Alabama rot’) have presented. Affected dogs typically present with a lesion(s) on the distal limb although lesions have also been seen on the face and ventrum. The skin lesions may initially appear as superficial erosions and may progress to full thickness ulceration. Initially you may just notice your dog licking at their foot or leg and it may not be clear what the problem is underneath the fur. Lesion size has ranged from 0.5 to 5cm in diameter. There is no apparent breed, age or sex predilection. Forty five dogs have been histopathologically confirmed to have been suffering from CRGV in the UK over the past two years. Cases have been identified across the whole of the UK and some dogs have survived.
At initial presentation with a skin lesion(s) dogs are typically otherwise asymptomatic (feeling well), but over the subsequent one to nine days they develop clinical signs referable to acute kidney injury (AKI). This may include being very thirsty, depressed, off their food or vomiting. Some patients will present with skin lesions and AKI concurrently and rarely dogs present with AKI prior to the development of skin lesions.
Your veterinary surgeon may decide to take blood and urine to test and monitor for the development of this disease. Blood results will reveal azotaemia and possibly thrombocytopaenia, mild anaemia and hyperbilirubinaemia. Urinalysis will reveal dilute urine and possibly glucosuria and casts.
If you are a dog owner and are concerned about your pet, please speak to your local vet in the first instance who would be welcome to contact us. We are collating national data on all possible cases and continue to work with National Authorities. We can provide histopathology free of charge on suspected cases.
If you are a Veterinary surgeon and are concerned that a case you have been presented with may be suffering from CRGV then please feel free to contact us for further advice." End quote
Contact details: Telephone: 01962 767920
Emergency: In the event of an emergency, veterinary surgeons only may call 01962 767920 out of hours, for advice or to arrange a referral.
To follow all developments since the discovery of this dog illness please read this info from Anderson Moores.
Latest update from the Forestry Commission
21 July 2014
No new cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) have been identified since early June 2014. Pathology results from two cases (Hampshire and Somerset) have now been confirmed to have been affected by CRGV.
With the recognition of one historical case this brings the total
number of confirmed cases nationwide to 44 since November 2012. Any
further major developments over the next few months will be posted on
the veterinary website. Otherwise updates will be posted on their
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VetSpecialists.
Of the confirmed cases, 15 cases have been confirmed in the New Forest and 29 elsewhere.
Since December 2012, there have been 17 'unconfirmed' cases of Alabama Rot throughout the UK. 11 out of these 17 cases were in the New Forest with five being 'unconfirmed' survivors.
How worried should I be? I walk my dog in the New Forest should I continue?
The outbreak of these New Forest dog deaths over the last couple of years has been terrifying to all dog owners who walk in the forest with their dogs. Sadly, it seems to not just be restricted to our area but has occured in other areas of the UK.
It is an ongoing situation and I just hope the info I've given you has helped and can also reassure you about walking your dog here and the liklihood of more New Forest dog deaths happening here in the future.