Confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in Cheshire, Devon, Dorset, Dublin, Greater Manchester, Monmouthshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire

On 28th March 2017 Anderson Moores Vet Specialists reported eight new cases of confirmed Alabama Rot:

Unfortunately, we have to confirm another eight cases of Alabama Rot. Seven of the new cases are in England and Wales; Stalybridge, (Greater Manchester), Crewe (Cheshire), Malvern (Worcestershire), Cullompton (Devon), Caldicot (Monmouthshire), Claverdon (Warwickshire) and Ensbury Park (Dorset)*, with the eighth case being in Ireland (Dublin).

* walked at Talbot Woods & Slades Farm Open Space.


“It is important to stress that although an environmental trigger is suspected in cases of ‘Alabama rot’ this has not been confirmed despite intensive research.”

All eight cases have been added to both the Confirmed cases and All cases maps. Uniquely these fully searchable maps show every case of Alabama Rot reported since 2012.

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7 Replies to “Confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in Cheshire, Devon, Dorset, Dublin, Greater Manchester, Monmouthshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire”

  1. Our 2 and half year old chuhiua has been taken to Nantwich for hospital care as she has not eaten for or drank for 3 days and came in yesterday with what looked like she had stood on glass.. she was bleeding from one pad and shortly after another pad was bleeding she was licking them both.. she also had lesions on her mouth which came up from no where.. she has been sick twice and has been tired.. but because her kidneys seem clear they chose not to put her to sleep yet because they will not confirm it.. but after intense reading and research today it seems the outcome will be alabama rot! She had had morphemes anti biotic, steroids and she goes into NO woodlands she is very small and plays in the garden and only has small path walks! this is northwich cheshire..

  2. Hi Jedi,

    If it helps, take a look around here and you will see plenty other folks who agree with you and have made suggestions. I can see the difficulty for the official Vets in that statistically the numbers are so small it is difficult to give authoritative guidance, e.g. it can’t be easy keeping your dog in, walking it forever in the same safe place or bathing your dog every time you walk it, and who knows what other harm that might do?

    “Spread” might not quite be the right word, mind you, as there is no evidence that it can be passed from dog to dog. I feel sure the vets would say if they thought this had, for instance, the spread pattern of a viral epidemic. All I read is that they are baffled. Looks environmental to me. Could be pollution of some sort, my own and others’ specific suggestions are posted here, but who knows?

  3. Hi, Being local to Claverdon in Warwickshire, I was concerned as to the proximity of AR and in order to try and minimise the risk to my own dog I have tried to find out more information about the circumstances specific to this case. It has proved very difficult.

    I cannot find the vet that diagnosed it, however, the information that I have may suggest that the dog was walked in the Dorset area prior to diagnosis.

    I have become aware of AR in the last few days, but my first thought as a dog owner is what to do to minimise risk. In order for me to do this I need information, which made my wonder about any processes that you have in place following confirmation by Anderson Moore.

    In order to collect and analyse data, a consistent set of questions could be asked (forgive me if this is the case, I don’t think it is though!) of the owner. Could it be compulsory for a questionnaire to be sent to the owners vet?

    Things I’d like to know, amongst others; Where has the dog been walked, what were the weather conditions around that time, was it woodland, if so Deciduous or Pine (soil more acidic in Pine?) Can you recall it eating anything, What animals are you aware of that are also in the area – e.g deer, horse….

    The list could be compiled and perhaps the information shared only then informed decisions could be made by owners in order to attempt to minimise risk?

    My initial thoughts after looking at the map were that it is spread following visits to the clustered areas, potentially supported by my finding relating to the Claverdon dog.

    Hope my thoughts are useful.

    All the very best.

  4. Two cases in Wantage.Medivet Wantage.ALABAMA ROT CONFIRMED
    17 hrs ·
    We are saddened to share that we have seen a confirmed case of Alabama Rot at our practice this week. Charlie initially presented with a non-healing wound on his foot, then developed ulcers on his tongue, and became inappetent and lethargic. Despite a week of intensive treatment, Charlie’s condition continued to deteriorate, and today his owners took the difficult and brave decision to put him to sleep. We have been made aware of a suspected second case in the area this week at another practice, so we urge all dog owners to be vigilant and monitor their pets closely for any of the symptoms listed in the blog below. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01235 770 227.

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