Alabama Rot Alert!

Dog owners please be vigilant, as this mysterious disease has claimed the lives of six more dogs this November. The cause is unknown, but the disease is seen in dogs following walks in muddy woods during November to May. Although rare, there have been several cases in our local area in the last two winters, and the highest number of cases were seen in the New Forest.

The disease affects the blood vessels of the skin and kidneys. The first sign is often a skin sore not caused by a known injury. This is usually found on the lower half of the leg and appears as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or is open and ulcer-like.

The dog may also show signs of feeling unwell such as lethargy and loss of appetite. The sufferer may then go on to develop acute kidney failure which is, sadly, usually fatal.


  1. If possible avoid muddy woodland – head for the downs!
  2. Wash off all mud from your dog’s coat as soon as you get home.
  3. Check your dog’s skin carefully every day for sores.
  4. If you find anything at all suspicious, please have it checked by your vet as soon as possible.

You can find out more about this disease at and

by Jacky Macqueen