Newcastle-upon-Tyne & Cumbria: dog dies of suspected Alabama Rot.

I received this very sad news (via our AlabamaRot forum) of a vet suspected Alabama Rot case in August 2017. The dog ‘Harris’, a three-year-old Hungarian Wirehaired Visla, was walked in Newcastle-upon-Tyne & Cumbria areas up to a month before the lesions were spotted. The 7 areas have been added to the ‘All Alabama Rot cases’ map. Kevin Day posted the sad news about Harris on his Facebook page.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know what causes Alabama Rot. Nor do we know how long it takes for the cause to result in a lesion (one of the symptoms of Alabama Rot).

Harris is the first dog to die of Alabama Rot in August.  ‘Hope’ of Brockenhurst, New Forest probably contracted Alabama Rot in August 2013, but thankfully survived.

Where did Harris walk before his lesions were observed?

Kevin and Niki Day said:

“Hi Chris

Thank you for your quick response following the post I sent yesterday on your forum.

Our dogs name was Harris. He was three years old, and a Hungarian wire haired Visla. I noticed the lesion on his leg on the 8/8/17 and he died on 14/8/17.

Harris was diagnosed with suspected Alabama Rot at Wear Veterinary Emergency Hospital, Bradbury, Stockton on Tees, TS21 2ES tel- 01388777770. The vet who looked after Harris was named Jenny, she was a locum, so the vet who I have spoken to since then is called Nikki.

Please find below the locations and dates where Harris was walked for the 4 weeks leading up to the date when I noticed the lesion on Harris’s leg:

  • * 8th to 27th July: – we were at home so his usual walks are around Burnopfield (Newcastle upon Tyne), and Rowlands Gill (Newcastle upon Tyne). Both Areas have woodland where he would walk most days.
  • * 28th July: – Armthwaite in the Eden Valley.
  • * 29th July to 8th August: – we were on holiday in Cumbria and visited the following places: Ulswater and surrounding areas; Hutton in the Forrest; Tarn Hows in Hawkshead; St Johns in the Vale, Borrowdale & Rydal.

All of these areas have woodland which he walked through. The weather was cool and wet so the woodland was muddy quite a lot of the time.

As you can imagine as a family we are all devastated by what has happened to our beloved dog, and feel compelled to help in any way.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.

Yours sincerely Kevin and Niki Day.”

On 26/9/17 I spoke to Wear Veterinary: Katie (in reception) said Nikki the vet did have Harris as a patient.

I asked why tissue samples of Harris’s kidney weren’t taken. On 27/9/17 Kevin Day said:

“I really don’t know why kidney tissue samples weren’t taken. The veterinary hospital where Harris died have been very helpful … they have forwarded information about Harris on to David Walker at Anderson Moore.”

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