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About AlabamaRot.co.uk

Chris Street BSc(Hons) DMS CDipAF MBA PGDipMedChem
Chris Street BSc (Hons) MBA MSc

Hi, I’m Chris Street.  I’m a dog owner living near the New Forest.  The aim of AlabamaRot.co.uk is to link to a Vets4Pets map of Alabama Rot cases and provide information for the general public on research and possible ways to avoid dogs getting Alabama Rot / CRGV (Cutaneous & Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy).

What Vets say about AlabamaRot.co.uk

In chronological order.

Willow Vet Group say:

willows-vet-group“At present there is very little information about how the disease is contracted. The website www.alabamarot.co.uk is the go to site for the latest information.” (March 2016)

purton-vetsPurton Vets say:

“I’m directing people to your site. An excellent resource of up to date information.” (December 2015)

David Walker BVetMed(Hons) DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
David Walker BVetMed(Hons) DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

David Walker, Director RCVS, American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, Winchester, Hampshire wrote in an email:

“Nice work on the website.”
(7th May 2015)

David is generally acknowledged as the UK lead on Alabama Rot research & treatment.


Chad A Northcott BVSc MRCVS
Chad A Northcott BVSc MRCVS

Chad A Northcott, Director / Veterinary Surgeon of Vetcare Ltd in Leigh, Lancashire wrote in a facebook post:

“Your have an excellent resource there very well put together.”
(6th March 2015)


Duncan Reavell MA VetMB CertSAM MRCVS
Duncan Reavell MA VetMB CertSAM MRCVS

Duncan Reavell wrote in a facebook post:

“I think your map is fantastic”
(24th February 2015)

Duncan has treated several dogs with Alabama Rot.

Duncan Reavell
Duncan Reavell MA VetMB CertSAM MRCVS

Duncan Reavell of Lynwood Veterinary Group  near Fordingbridge in the New Forest wrote in a facebook message:

Wow, that’s a really great site Chris! Would you be happy for me to link to it from my practice home page?
(22 February 2015)

60 Replies to “About Us”

  1. Hi
    I was just wondering if Alabama rot Would in fact be life-threatening to every dog that contracted it, I only ask as a few years back me, my wife and our Bedlington terrier went to The forest of Dean And he got very poorly and had a open lesion in between his pads that looks very similar to the photos of Alabama rot. He went very tired and it looked like he could not stand on the first evening which was very concerning, his back legs went quite limp. He seemed to improve the next day and fortunately it cleared up within a 4 days, at the time I Thought it might just be a blister from all the walking we did and as a result he might be extremely tired. However he was used to walking long distance as he was around 9 at the time. It might be not related in the slightest but I was just curious to see if there has been cases where a dogs immune system can prevent Alabama rot from advancing. Sadly our bedlington terrier did pass away but from old age at an age of 14. In hindsight if I knew about Alabama rot at the time I would have gone directly to the vet for him to be checked out but I did not know about it at the time.

  2. Hi Chris,
    I would like to talk with you direct. Would you email me if I gave you my email? Have some people who are interested in possibly financial help, but I need more information about the research etc.
    Camilla Hipwood

  3. We lost our darling whippet to this hideous disease last night. What I really wanted to know while we were fighting this disease was survivors’ stories and I could not find any help on this anywhere. Is it possible you could start a page for this? I wanted to know how quickly it was diagnosed, what the initial blood tests were, how ill the dog got before getting better. Ours developed a lesion on Thursday and blood tested clear, by Saturday bloods were bad and despite out vets outstanding effort (including taking advise from every expert in the country) it took hold of his kidneys. His bloods etc were improving so it was particularly heartbreaking as we really did try so hard for him. This was a fit healthy 6 year old dog who was walked in such a wide area we shall never pin point where or how he got it. I pray that research will start to identify some correlating factors as we are in torture as to how, where, why. Fingers crossed the other dogs don’t get it.

      1. Hi Chris. What I really wanted at the time was to be able to make contact with someone. It is lovely reading the survivor’s stories, but I just needed to know so much. I am happy to help other people in any way and have no issue with my contact details being available if someone needs to talk.
        I am leaning heavily towards it being something dogs are ingesting not just picking up through mud or water. Is it in any wildlife or sheep, deer etc. Our dogs will eat or roll in anything – does it get in to their body this way?
        Is the hike in numbers this month due to vets being more aware and testing for it? How many dogs have died with renal failure actually caused by AR but it was never diagnosed?
        Please let me know,if I can help,you in any way as this is looking like it is getting out of control.

  4. If mud is something in common to infection it might be worth asking if migrating birds with mud on their feet may help to distribute the disease
    I haven’t looked too closely but noted that Exminster was close to where I live and certainly noted for exactly this
    Perhaps looking at distribution of bird flue maps as a comparison might be worth doing

    1. I am beginning to think that mud/water is not necessarily the culprit. I agree it could be birds or deer or any wildlife that are carrying it and the dogs are maybe eating their spoor.

  5. You say incorrectly that a Vet will take blood and urine samples to test for Alabama Rot. What will they be testing for when there is no definitive tests.
    You refer to this disease as Alabama Rot. But this cannot be true as Alabama Rot was confined to greyhounds, presented with association with e-coli, which is not present in UK dogs and most of the dogs in Alabama did not have kidney related disease.
    Given the evidence that most dogs with CRGV don’t go on to present with Kidney disease this seems to be making a mountain out of a mole hill.
    Where has this disease come from. The pointless map you refer to shows a completely random distribution so it cannot have “spread” from anywhere and seems therefore to have been present for many years. It is a pointless map because there is no known connection between location and disease.
    Can you please explain what you are doing.

  6. Hi,
    Not sure if this may be relevant or useful, but when i was looking for links between the locations of the household longhorn beetle and alabama rot (just out of curiosity), I stumbled across a pear rust map which might map cases of alabama rot, but im afraid the maps i used do not show specific details, so bit of a longshot. I don’t know if there is someone better equipped to check.

  7. Hi Chris,

    Wondering if you’d be willing to take part in a Telephone Interview for Bournemouth University? If you are free any time today or tomorrow please email me ASAP.
    Byron Kheroua
    Bournemouth University

  8. My vet diagnosed Alabama Rot as the cause of death for my Greyhound Daisy a couple of years ago. My area isn’t shown on the map (Norfolk) so I’m assuming that they didn’t inform you?

  9. Bath Chronicle said “a case was reported in December 2016 in Shepton Mallet causing a vet to issue a warning of the spread of the disease.”


    The Shepton Mallet vets were Shepton Vets who reported news of the Axminster, Devon case “Axminster vets have confirmed a case of Alabama Rot in our area.”


    Shepton Vets linked to the Axminster case:

    Shepton Vets got 248 shares out of the link.

    Axminster is ~ 40 miles from Shepton Mallet so I don’t know why Shepton Vets said it was ‘in their area’!

    This fact was spotted by Kathrine Bryans “Axminster is quite a long way from us so not too concerned.”


  10. Hi Chris,
    I’m a bit confused. You say the Shepton Mallet case was reported but the article you link to is in Axminster. Shepton Mallet is about 10 miles South/South-West of Bath. Looking at your maps, there are no markers shown. I believe this may be a new region.

    1. your linked article says “A case was reported in December 2016 in Shepton Mallet causing a vet to issue a warning of the spread of the disease.”
      AlabamaRot.co.uk reported this case: https://alabamarot.co.uk/dog-dies-in-axminster-devon-of-alabama-rot/

      and “Another case was reported in West Chelborough, Dorchester, by Girling and Bowditch Vets, who put out a message on its Facebook page warning dog owners to be wary and spot the warning signs early.”
      AlabamaRot.co.uk reported this case: https://alabamarot.co.uk/1345-2/

  11. Hi, at the beginning 2016 my one year old puppy River, became seriously ill with lesions on left fore leg. It started to show in the morning and my wife booked her in to the vets for the next day. My wife came back from work at lunchtime to find the lesions had spread raw and inflamed further up Rivers leg. My wife took River straight to the vets who had her on a anti bacterial drip for over a week. Fortunately all is now well with the puppy. We were just talking to Fenaghy Vets this week and they reckon it was Alabama Rot. Having found this site and particularly your map it is a coincidence that we walk River in Tardree Forest where you have recorded another incidence in 2014 where the dog died. For me it is interesting to note that it is only since about 2010 that pathogens impacting forestry trees have come to the fore. Tardree has been hit by Phytophthorum ramorum pathogen Japanese Larch Disease and Sudden Oak Death. I wonder if there is a connection?

    1. Hi Mike,
      The Phytophthorum ramorum (sometimes referred to in Britain as ‘Larch tree disease’ and ‘Japanese larch disease’ and in USA Sudden Oak Death) map (since 2010) has very few overlaps with the confirmed Alabama Rot map (since 2012).

      Many thanks for posting your idea.

      I’ve added River’s case to my All Alabama Rot Cases map under the ‘Suspected Survived’ category.

      Please note the 2014 unconfirmed case (the dog died) was in County Antrim (NB. cases shown in BLUE are by county, RED cases are located by town) so the actual location of that case was somewhere in Co. Antrim (not necessarily in Tardree Forest).

  12. Chris
    I have just lost my dog to confirmed Alabama Rot (29.11.16) near Axminster, Devon. Would it help to write a report with details of the walks he did and any other relevant information to help with your research?

    1. Jackie,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your dog lost to confirmed Alabama Rot. I’d be grateful if you could provide your dogs name and breed, your vets practise website, where was your dog walked upto week before being taken to the vets. I added your dogs case to the map yesterday https://alabamarot.co.uk/map/confirmed-cases-map/. I heard about the case yesterday via https://www.facebook.com/CoombefieldVets/posts/1222018031210199

      1. Yes of course. My dog was a 6 year old male lurcher called Buzz. We always walked at Trinity Hill just outside Axminster, Devon. It is an area of forestry land attached to a nature reserve on OS Explorer map 166 grid ref SY308 958, closest postcode EX13 5SZ. It is very popular with local dog walkers.The last walk we did there was 22nd November the day after very heavy rainfall in the area. I have read somewhere that there may be a correlation? My vets are Coombefield Vets, Axminster, Devon. I have another lurcher who did exactly the same walks and she has been unaffected.
        Thanks very much

        1. Hi Jackie I’m so sorry to hear about your dog Buzz , we haven’t met, but I have walked Trinity woods and common quite regularly, just not this year as my dog loves the beach.
          Can I ask if you think dog food/ faeces could play a part? I just wondered if mess that’s not picked up could be exacerbated by a muddy environment?

  13. Hi Chris,

    Thank you for this website and all the work you do. Are there any prevention measures known for this disease? Also there’s no cases in Pembrokeshire in Wales. Is this due to a lack of data? We’re going on a hiking holiday and I don’t want to take my Saluki mongrel somewhere the disease is prevalent. Thank you so much for your time and work.

    1. Hi Courtney,
      Since we don’t know the cause of Alabama Rot it is not possible to suggest prevention measures that will definitely work. Washing mud of a dog after a walk may or may not help. Recognising symptoms of Alabama Rot and getting a dog to a vet without delay is important.

      All of the confirmed / suspected Alabama Rot cases I know about are listed on these 2 maps: https://alabamarot.co.uk/map/ eg Pembrokeshire has had no Alabama Rot cases to date.

  14. Hi,

    My name’s Jon Howick from BBC Surrey and I was hoping to talk to Chris Street about Alabama Rot on our breakfast show on Monday, as we’re keen to showcase the disease and educate listeners on what to look out for.

    If you could call myself back on 01483 734337, that would be great.



  15. Hi Chris, I have sent you an email regarding a national charity which is being set up to assist with raising funds for research. Please do get in touch! Many thanks, Michael

  16. Hi my dog has some symptoms in the legs skin loss and lesions fur coming out in fair sized clumps but his blood results only show anaemia. He has been weeing on the kitchen floor. Lethargic, can only walk to end of road but very keen. Skin come off legs and fur, around legs shoulders joints high temp has come down no vomiting piarrheoahwhich Antibx has shifted a bit strraming eye green gunk on left side. Vet is treating him with nonsteroidals and antibiotics..(vets4pets Old swan Liverpool ) are these actually any use? Bathing his as per instruction in salt water. They are saying is only theoretically a case of CRGV. He seems to be rallying a little and areas clearing up but he is still very slow. Apetite has generally been ok amd faeces mostly good solid. Should i isolate my other dog? Help advice please. Thanks.

  17. Hi Chris
    Excellent work !!
    My daughters’ dog died from this in March 2014 (included in the statistics) – we strongly feel that comparing the incidences with the rainfall at the time would be very likely to show a direct correlation. Every time we have inordinate rainfall, we anticipate further occurrences and unfortunately we are usually correct.
    My daughter GPS tracked her last walk with her dog – she was the only person walking there at that time – so the statistic is that 100% of the dogs walked on that day in that place, contracted the illness. We did offer to take anybody on the walk, and my daughter could highlight where there were sources of water appearing due to the heavy rainfall, which were not normally evident – but nobody took up the offer.
    Keep up the good work!!

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      I first posted here about the rainfall link some time ago. https://alabamarot.co.uk/map/confirmed-cases-map/. Anderson Moores say they have entirely discounted radiation for reasons I personally find perplexing, even suspicious. If it is something in the water, radioactive pollution is a very obvious culprit, but for reasons we can all guess, the government (the forestry commission and all) that recommends Anderson Moores to us on their site, do not want them to find that out. Maybe I’m putting two and two together, but I’ve posted here and on their facebook challenging them to debate this. To date, no reply.

  18. Hi there

    I live in Midlothian, Scotland, near Edinburgh. On facebook there has been confirmation of a dog dying from Alabama rot in midlothian and another 2 have died recently. This was posted by ICR veterinary surgeons.

    I’m not sure if you only post on English or British, therefore I wanted to share this with you

        1. Hi Graham,
          regret spreadsheet for Google Maps is not available AFAIK. You could download as KML/KMZ file but that won’t help to get into spreadsheet regrettably.

          1. Hi Chris,

            Just get me the KML/KMZ file/point me to it and I’ll GIVE you the spreadsheet so you can publish here :o).

  19. Thanks for putting together this site – scary though it is. Is anyone collating potential commonalities between the dogs affected? I.e. Weather conditions, where they walked – woods, open fields, through mud etc? Though I appreciate owners would be understandably distressed in the immediate aftermath (is anyone compiling their contact details?). I’m not for a moment suggesting that you should be doing all this – it’s an onerous and possibly pointless task but I did wonder as it might help…. Perhaps a job for a student vet?

  20. Hi Chris,

    Thanks so much for this site. Getting case information on this disease is really difficult. Our dog Frisbee is classed as an unconfirmed case as he survived. I’m not sure if he’s in your stats. He was walked in multiple locations near South Gorley, New forest in April 2014. However, we live in Bristol and were back home when he was diagnosed. Here is a link to the vet’s feature on him if that’s useful to you. http://www.highcroftvet.co.uk/BlogRetrieve.aspx?PostID=470020&A=SearchResult&SearchID=403131&ObjectID=470020&ObjectType=55

    We are down the new forest quite a lot as we have family there, but we haven’t taken Frisbee since he contracted the disease. I keep an eye on this site to work out how prevalent the problem still is in the new forest so we can decide whether to take him again. Your site is invaluable for this thank you!

    One thing that would be really useful to me is if the data you have is available in a spreadsheet format so I can sift the data more conveniently. Please let me know if this is possible.
    Thanks again,

    1. This is a great suggestion, e.g. I would dearly like to know the ration of dogs to bitches, but it’s not easy to compile this from the map, [indispensible though the map is, of course].

  21. Thank you for this informative website. With the increasing numbers of stories in the media it is good to have this resource to go to. I have highlighted to my friends, dog walking groups and agility club. Thanks again.

  22. Hi,
    Just a question but is there any chance of other animals being affected by this such as cats or ferrets? We don’t have a dog but do have cats/ferrets and I just wanted to know for peace of mind.

    Thank you,


  23. I think the Staffordshire confirmed case is shown in the wrong place on the map – it is shown near Wolverhampton, but the dog was walked at Dimmingsdale much further north near AltonTowers, and I believe the vets was called Abbeyfields in Rocester not far from where the dog was walked. Probably needs confirming.

      1. Hello, I’m not sure if you can help. I am querying where this information came from that a dog contracted Alabama Rot whilst walking in Dimmingsdale in Staffordshire. I own a tearoom in Dimmingsdale and know the owner of the dog that died and i have spoken at length to the Vets that treated the dog. My understanding is that the dog had recently returned from a holiday to an area where a number of Alabama Rot cases had been confirmed and this is where they believe the dog contracted the disease. It just happened to live in Alton and had been walked in Dimmingsdale too. I spoke to the vets Abbeyfields Vets, who treated the dog and they believed that if it had been contracted from Dimmingsdale then other cases would have occurred. Given that this isolated case which occurred over 2 years ago I believe their assumptions are correct. I think that the information on the map is misleading. Although the dog died in the village of Alton it was walked in areas of the country with outbreaks of Alabama Rot. This map is frightening dog walkers from walking in Dimmingsdale which is a beautiful and safe place to take dogs and I would ask that you reconsider how you display this information. I too am a dog owner and my dog means the world to me. Yes we all need to try and protect them from contracting Alabama Rot and need to find a cure to this horrible disease but i also believe that if you are reporting information it should be accurate and not misleading. I would ask if you could review the information on the map to ensure readers fully understand the details behind this case.

    1. Hi Annie,
      David Walker at AndersonMoores.com would be the best person to talk to about surviving CRGV. His success rate is 37% rate whereas most other vets is <<10%. Read his blog: http://www.andersonmoores.com/vet/news and his advice to vets: http://www.andersonmoores.com/index.php/download_file/-/view/533

      The Royal Vet College successfully treated ‘Alba’ from Bristol using ‘Plasmapheresis’: https://alabamarot.co.uk/who-are-the-experts-in-alabama-rot-david-walker-of-amvs/

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