Here’s an update on the lethal dog disease that’s new to the U.K. and for which there seems to be little treatment if your dog is infected. The disease causes kidney failure and internal breakdown – it has now spread to Nottingham, Norfolk and Northumberland so it’s getting nearer to this area. Scientists are still struggling to find a cure, the only chance of saving your pet is to get veterinary treatment as soon as possible.
The first symptom seems to be an infected cut so any injury no matter how small should be seen by a vet. By the time the area round the cut is red and swollen it’s too late. There is usually swelling as well. Sometimes the symptoms come on so quickly that if you are out on a walk your dog may have trouble getting home with you.
If anything like this happens you need to go to the vet straight away, if you dog is put on a drip quickly enough he just might recover. The condition leads to kidney failure, it’s similar to Alabama Rot which is well known in the U.S. In this country only one dog, a little terrer, has so far survived and vets don’t know the reason except that she did receive treatment from the vet right away and was on a drip for nine days.
All breeds and types of dogs have so far been affected, symptoms also include loss of appetite, vomiting and lesions. Post mortem effects show stomach ulcers and internal bleeding in previously fit and healthy dogs. Nobody seems to know as yet whether this is an infection and transmitted between pets or is it because of contamination? If you spot any cuts or lesions on your dog our best advice is to take him to the vet straight away.