Can Alabama Rot be avoided?
Vet David Harris says:
“As we don’t know the exact cause, avoidance is difficult. However, thorough washing of your dog’s coat after walking in woodland (especially if muddy… like everywhere this year!) is a sensible precaution that should reduce the risk. In addition, it is likely that certain places pose a higher risk than others; if there has been a case in your area, it is probably wise to avoid areas where the affected dog(s) were walked in the days before they were diagnosed. It’s also really important to check your dogs over regularly – not just for sores or ulcers, but also for cuts, ticks, mats of hair or other injuries.” (1)
Alabama Rot cases maps
Since December 2012 AlabamaRot.co.uk has compiled two Alabama Rot maps: the Confirmed Alabama Rot Cases Map and the All Alabama Rot Cases Map (confirmed, unconfirmed & suspected cases).
(1) David Harris BVSc MRCVS – January 7th, 2016 ‘Do I need to worry about Alabama Rot?’ (accessed 5th October 2017)