CRGV Symptoms

Symptoms of Alabama Rot / CRGV

Read about Alabama Rot symptoms at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists here. For vets information on CRGV symptoms and treatment here .

Figure 1: Clinical signs of CRGV

As shown in Figure 1 above, all dogs with CRGV have skin lesions.  Two-thirds of dogs have symptoms of Anorexia (loss of appetite), vomiting, lethargy, and hypothermia (in later stages).  One third of dogs become lame.

One fifth or fewer dogs have symptoms of icterus (jaundice), pyrexia (fever, in initial stages), diarrhoea, petechiae (red or purple spots on the skin caused by bleeding from broken capillary blood vessels), seizures (epileptic) and haematochezia (blood in stools).

Rarely dogs syndromes will include haematemesis (vomiting blood), epistaxis (nosebleed), polyuria (large volume of urine), polydipsia (excessive thirst), ataxia (lack of muscle coordination) and other behavioural changes.

David Walker of Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists said on 21st October 2014:

Breed, age or sex

Any breed, age or sex of dog can get Alabama Rot.

Skin Lesions

Dogs with Alabama Rot have a lesion(s) on the back leg (distal limb) or on the face and abdomen (ventrum). Skin lesions may initially appear as superficial erosions and may progress to full ulcers. Initially your dog may lick their foot or leg and it may not be clear what the problem is underneath the fur. Lesion size ranges from 0.5cm (a 5 pence piece) to 5cm (two fifty pence pieces) in diameter.  When skin lesions first appear dogs may feel otherwise well (asymptomatic),

Acute Kidney Injury

Over the next one to nine days they develop signs of acute kidney injury – this may include being very thirsty, depressed, off their food or vomiting.

Blood and Urine Samples

Your vet will take blood and urine samples to test for Alabama Rot.

7 Replies to “CRGV Symptoms”

  1. My beautiful Lurcher, Ellie died in October 2014. We had been away for the weekend to see friends in Staffordshire. She was off colour on the Monday but not too bad. However by the Thursday she was lethargic and vomiting. Was admitted to the vets and put on a drip on the Friday and diagnosed with kidney failure. Was euthanised on the Saturday as the vet could do nothing more for her. She was ten years old. Could this have been a case of Alabama foot rot? She was a healthy, active dog and this happened so quickly. We did not have a postmortem done as we did not know about this disease then.

  2. SYMPTOMS : Labrador X C Spaniel aged 6: Lives farm (grass, but no ticks) in N Dorset, walked every day same route, no footpaths or other dogs. Morning after walk: Vomited 3xs, then lethargic, off food, did drink, stomach tender, 1 possibly 2 lesions on centre back near hip joint, small, not red, no others spotted. BUT no diarrhoea(stool hard) not thirsty, not lame. 2 days later now in vets overnight on drip, blood tests negative, kidney enzymes normal. No evidence of poisoning. Very lethargic and still off food. Any ideas or comments out there?

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