The Veterinary Times, 6th April 2015 (week 14) issue interviews David Walker of Anderson Moores about Alabama Rot. David talks about his March 2015 paper in the Veterinary Record.
David Walker said: There are no common triggers for the disease. “What’s interesting is whether it is a disease out there that was not recognised in the UK, or whether it is truly a new disease process?”
David spoke about the Animal Health Trust / Anderson Moores questionnaire on Alabama Rot (link deleted 18/10/16):
“We developed a questionnaire for owners of affected dogs and other dog owners. We were looking for any commonality between what the affected cases were doing compared to the unaffected cases – the same walking route, the same diet or eating other animals’ faeces on the walk – but we found no common link between the affected and unaffected cases”
“Are there environmental triggers for this disease? That is a possibility, but we have ruled out so many possible infectious causes that the geographical location of these cases is not very relevant. Maybe this is a spontaneously arising disease that doesn’t have an environmental trigger.”
But if it not an environmental disease why are the vast majority of CRGV cases only seen between November and June? Why do there seem to be clusters in the New Forest in Hampshire, in Guildford in Surrey and in Cheshire? Are these ‘clusters’ occurring by chance? How many people answered the AHT/AM questionnaire?
David usually prefers the term ‘CRGV’ (Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy) rather than ‘Alabama Rot’. But, interestingly, in this interview he uses the term ‘canine HUS’. HUS is Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
The study authors say it is unclear whether canine HUS and Alabama Rot are two distinct disease processes, but emphasis damage to both the small blood vessels of the skin and kidney seem to be unique to the disease.
Read the Veterinary Record March 2015 paper.
Read the full Veterinary Times 6th April 2015 (week 14) article below (click on the image):