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Readysteadyknit Mon 07-Mar-16 22:15:59

Does anyone know what this is? Ddog1 has developed sore patches on his legs. I showed the vet at dog's annual checkup on Saturday but he didn't seem that concerned but now a new one has appeared.

TawnyGrisette Mon 07-Mar-16 22:22:29

Without wishing to scare you, I would be immediately finding a vet who takes it seriously. Have you read about Alabama rot? That presents with lesions on the legs, so I'd want to know that the vet was aware of that and confident that wasn't the cause.

TawnyGrisette Mon 07-Mar-16 22:23:56

Alabama rot is a worst case scenario, but frankly I'd expect a vet to take any kind of lesion seriously that's appeared with no obvious cause. That's what they're there for!

Peaceandloveeveryone Mon 07-Mar-16 22:24:17

I would get another opinion on that very quickly, even if just hot spots, they can spread and take hold in a short space of time.

TawnyGrisette Mon 07-Mar-16 22:26:27

From their website:

Many of you will probably of heard about the concerns for dogs that may be contracting a potentially fatal disease while walking in damp woodlands.

Recent cases have mostly occurred in the New Forest, Hampshire but there are reports that one or two cases may have been seen in Surrey – although exact details are sketchy.

The worry is that dogs who have recently been walked in woodlands, develop either:

*Skin lesions – often blister / ulcer like, on the face or limbs:

or *Lethargy (due to fever) and vomiting

Either of these symptoms can go on quite quickly to be followed by the development of acute kidney failure -and in some of these cases the dogs have then died. The skin lesion or illness symptoms can occur any where from several hours after the walk, up to about 5 days later.

The disease has been well investigated by Anderson-Moore referral centre – based near the New Forest and they have found evidence that this disease may be Alabama rot (previously called cutaneous-renal vasculopathy). This originially seen in America disease, appears to be caused by a toxin from E Coli bacteria, perhaps living in rotting vegetation on the woodland floor or in woodland waters such as streams or ponds.

So please, if your dog develops blister or small wound like lesions anywhere on their bodies, especially if within several days of a woodland type walk, then bring them to see us. The recent cases in the New Forest, showed that dogs seen in the early stages were the ones likely to survive, whereas those where lesions or illness was just watched by their owners for a few days, were more likely to die of sudden kidney failure. Equally, if your dog develops lethargy, dullness or vomiting, please call us and make an appointment – this disease attacks the body fast and the sooner we rule it in or out and start any necessary treatment (often fluids and antibiotics) then the higher the chances of your dog surviving.

Whitney168 Mon 07-Mar-16 22:31:43

With the way Alabama Rot is spreading, I would expect any vet to take this very seriously indeed at the moment.

Readysteadyknit Mon 07-Mar-16 22:32:23

Thanks - I'm feeling quite shocked - I will take him to a different Vet tomorrow- we walk a lot in woodland and muddy fields. Should I be worried about Ddog2?

TawnyGrisette Mon 07-Mar-16 22:33:30

I would get him to a different vet first thing in the morning.

this is the specialist vet that collates all the cases

TawnyGrisette Mon 07-Mar-16 22:35:32

Cross posted with you. I'd have a thorough check of your other dog to make sure it hasn't got any lesions. Are either of them off colour/off their food etc?

Sorry to scare you. Hopefully it's not that at all, but it's best to get it checked out asap because it comes on so fast.

Readysteadyknit Mon 07-Mar-16 22:41:39

Nothing on Ddog2 thankfully.

Ddog1 has been grumpier than usual - fine with me but is finding Ddog2 really annoying

Peaceandloveeveryone Mon 07-Mar-16 22:42:44

It's unbelievable that it wasn't taken seriously by the vet, especially at the moment.

Readysteadyknit Mon 07-Mar-16 22:46:06

I showed him the sore patches but TBH he seemed more interested in giving me a quote for descaling Ddog1's teeth under anaesthetic .

Peaceandloveeveryone Mon 07-Mar-16 22:47:18

Time to move then?

TawnyGrisette Mon 07-Mar-16 22:48:54

Go to a different vet!

TawnyGrisette Mon 07-Mar-16 22:50:21

The specialist vet I linked to above has a facebook page where they list the confirmed cases and locations.

Readysteadyknit Mon 07-Mar-16 22:52:12

Yes - definitely time for a change - it's a chain with a constant turnover of vets. It's been fine as neither dog has ever been ill before but the care is obviously not what it should be

TawnyGrisette Tue 08-Mar-16 09:36:31

Did you get an appointment this morning?

Readysteadyknit Tue 08-Mar-16 09:40:19

Hi Tawney - our appointment is at 10 30 with a well regarded local vet - I'll update when we get back.

Owllady Tue 08-Mar-16 09:43:17

Hope he's ok. I'm shocked at your vet too

AlpacaLypse Tue 08-Mar-16 09:44:29

Thinking of you flowers

Hope and pray it isn't AR. It's recently appeared in our area and several of our favourite walks are now out of bounds.

MissBeaHaving Tue 08-Mar-16 09:45:49

Hope he is ok Ready,poor fellathanks

Readysteadyknit Tue 08-Mar-16 11:56:07

Back from the vet - the good news is that she doesn't think it's Albama Rot. There have been no reported cases in our area and she feels he would be much sicker.

The bad news is that she felt that there may be an underlying problem - his temperature and heart were normal but when she weighed him, he had lost weight- there is nothing wrong with his teeth- and he has been quite listless today. He lay down in the vet's at every opportunity and, as a skinny greyhound, this is something he usually avoids except when a comfy bed or sofa are on offer.

She gave him a cone to stop him licking and some ointment for the sores and he is going to have a fasting blood test later in the week.

AnUtterIdiot Tue 08-Mar-16 12:12:04

I hope he feels better soon. I wondered if he was a nervous licker as they can give themselves sores from licking a spot over and over again but hopefully the tests will tell you more.

TawnyGrisette Tue 08-Mar-16 15:33:44

That's good news about the A.rot, although I'll say one more thing about it (I'm really not trying to be the voice of doom here, just want you to be aware!)... Greyhounds seem psrticularly susceptible to it - when it appeared in the US it was in greyhounds snd whippets, afaik. Have you checked on the FB group to see if they've reported any cases near you? You could even ring them.

Much more likely not to be that at all though, so it's great that you've got a good vet on the case now.

TawnyGrisette Thu 10-Mar-16 00:25:23

How is he today, Ready?

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