Dog owners warned over Alabama Rot risk

Vets across the UK have issued a new warning to dog owners after it was revealed that Alabama Rot has affected 14 dogs in the first four months of 2016.

A deadly fungal infection, the disease was first discovered in greyhounds in the US during the 1980s. However, since 2012 it has made a resurgence in the UK, affecting 78 dogs across 16 counties in the last four years.

Vets have suggested that dog owners should look out for the initial signs of the disease, most notably skin sores around the elbow or knee that appear as a swelling, patch of red skin or an ulcer.

Any owners who spot these signs have been advised to consult their vet, who can conduct kidney tests to confirm if the disease is present.

According to Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, treatment for Alabama Rot is only successful in 20-30% of cases, but spotting early signs can increase survival chances.

“If a dog becomes affected the best outcome will probably come from early and intensive veterinary care, which has resulted in some dogs successfully recovering,” he said.

“Any dog owners who are worried that their pet might have Alabama Rot should contact their veterinary practice immediately.”

Although the cause of Alabama Rot is still unknown, the high number of cases that have originated in woodland have prompted Vets4Pets to advise owners to wash of all woodland mud after each walk.

Vets4Pets have also launched a map of confirmed cases, which will reveal if there have been any confirmed cases near you.

Visit the Vets4Pets website to find out more.


Dog owners begs for witnesses

Dog owner Alun Thomas is begging for witnesses to come forward after the tragic death of his Boxer – Staffy cross, Nicky, on Tuesday.

The dog was inside Mr Thomas transit van as he and other workmen loaded a trailer with earth after doing work on someones garden.

During a three minute window throughout the work, two men stole the van from Bryn Eglyr in Morriston and drove it towards the motorway.

Upon realising that the dog was inside, they threw her out onto the M4 motorway, Swansea Road, where she was subsequently hit by a lorry and killed.

Mr Thomas, who has cared for the seven year old dog for five years, said that she followed him everywhere.

“It’s terrible – the dog lived with me and went everywhere with me.”

“The people who threw the dog onto the motorway were wrong. I just want them caught.”

The owner has urged anyone who witnessed the incident to call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

Back in the studio

Dogs are back in the news again after Golden Retriever Miss Molly was given free rein in the BBC This Week studio. Miss Molly, ten months old, belongs to This Week presenter Andrew Neil and was brought over from his house in France.

Andrew Neil explained that he had mentioned her to his editor, who then suggested she should feature in the following weeks recording of This Week.

Following in the footsteps of the BBC’s most popular children’s shows, Andrew Neil said: “If Blue Peter has a dog, why can’t we?”

The show has stressed that she won’t be  permanent member of the team, but after the boost in ratings she encourages it’s almost certain that we’ll see her back again.

The only dog currently gracing screens on a regular basis is Blue Peter’s Barney the cross-breed. Barney was adopted by presenter Helen Skelton from Dog’s Trust in 2009, giving great publicity to rescue dog adoption.

Perhaps it’s time we saw more dogs in television studios!



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