The dogs are believed to have been affected by cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy ('Alabama rot'). But despite extensive testing, the exact underlying cause remains unknown.
This table outlines all cases of Alabama Rot [identified] to date from both the New Forest and across the UK. It will be kept updated with new information as received from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists who have been collating information on the cases and leading the investigation.
Please note that we will aim to keep this table updated as promptly as possible, but not in response to media reported cases or those from individuals. This is to ensure that what is published is as accurate as possible, coming from Anderson Moores who can verify cases as accurately as possible through scientific investigation.
'Unconfirmed' cases are either awaiting test results, or may never be confirmed if no tissue was available for examination.
Although the problem is being treated very seriously,the reported cases represent an extremely small proportion of the many hundreds of dogs that are exercised in the New Forest every day and it is likely that this syndrome is extremely rare.
Dogs affected by CRGV have been seen throughout the UK and not solely in the New Forest. There have been seven confirmed cases in counties across the UK, not including Hampshire, since late 2012.
Alabama Rot - Cases Update
Latest update: 24 February 2014
New Forest Area (Dec12 - March 13)
Elsewhere (Nov12 - March 13)
1 Upton, Dorset
New Forest Area (Dec13 -present)
Elsewhere (Dec13 -present)
1 Christchurch, Dorset
What should I be looking out for in my dog?
If you notice a wound, lesion or blister on your dog's leg or face anywhere from 0 to 7 days after walking in the New Forest area or elsewhere, then you should seek veterinary attention. This may be hard to spot but you may notice your dog licking itself more than usual. Most lesions will not be caused by this condition. Additionally, if your dog becomes quiet, starts vomiting or stops eating then please seek advice from your local vet.
• The number of cases is a small proportion of the dogs walked in the New Forest every day
• This is not isolated to the New Forest - similar cases were identified in other parts of the country
• The Forest is open for business as usual
A questionnaire for dog owners has been developed by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists and Animal Health Trust in order to collect as much information from dog owners about their location, as well as their dog's walking routes and diet. This questionnaire is available at www.aht.org.uk/newforestdogdeaths and people are encouraged to complete it. The questionnaire was initially designed for dog owners of affected and unaffected dogs walked in a specific area of the New Forest. It is however applicable to any pet owner walking their dog in the New Forest. The Animal Health Trust will be updating their website to reflect this in due course. A questionnaire for non-New Forest dog owners will also be available shortly.
Fund to facilitate further investigations
Current research has been supported with financial assistance from New Forest District Council, Forestry Commission, Bridge Pathology and Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. A large amount of work has also been performed on a good will basis by interested scientists.
To help facilitate further investigations into this disease, New Forest Dog Owners Group has decided to set up a fund and collect donations. The fund will be opened with a donation of £2,000 from NFDOG and all contributions are welcome.
You can donate via the NFDOG website at: www.newforestdog.org.uk/researchfund
Alternatively, please send a cheque, made payable to NFDOG Research fund, to Hon. Treasurer, Woodcote, Balmer Lawn Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7TT.
Tests were carried out in 2013 on both the environment and the affected dogs. All of the more common, well-known causes of acute kidney failure were excluded in all of the dogs. Detailed further investigations have been performed on blood, urine, faeces and post mortem tissue. This has included bacterial (including e-coli), viral, and heavy metal testing, which has been negative. Additionally, kidney tissue has been examined by a number of Veterinary pathologists and human nephropathologists (specialist kidney pathologists). Water testing for hazardous chemicals in the New Forest was also performed. Testing is ongoing and any significant results will be made available.