Information about Alabama Rot - please read, you may be able to help

Discussion in 'Labrador health' started by editor, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. charlie

    charlie Registered Users

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2012
    Messages:
    11,353
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    Absolutely awful, so sorry about the poor Spaniel Lochan :( We clean our dogs every day during the winter, fill up a large watering can with hot water and by the time we return from walks it's just right. We do it to clean the mud off but if helps wash toxins away all the better.

    Really hope something can be done about this and fast.
     
    Lochan likes this.
  2. charlie

    charlie Registered Users

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2012
    Messages:
    11,353
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    Forgot to say, thank you for listing the symptoms too, this is really very helpful as a case was reported about 25 miles from us :( it's all so very worrying. x
     
    Lochan likes this.
  3. Lisa

    Lisa Moderator Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2013
    Messages:
    6,492
    Location:
    Alberta, Canada
    Such a worry! I have googled it but I can't see that there have been any cases in Canada yet...which is kinda weird seeing there is so much travel between the US and here. Horrible disease, I hope the researchers get a better understanding of what exactly is going on soon.
     
    Lochan likes this.
  4. Lochan

    Lochan Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,308
    Location:
    North East England
    Amazon were excellent with their delivery and the portashower arrived this morning. I filled it with 5l hot water from the tap and set off for the usual 5 mile hike with the girls. By the time I got back to the car the water was lukewarm, fine for a shower. I sprayed both dogs from top to toe and my boots with the 5l of water. The pressure is not great, and I wouldn't use it to rinse off shampoo as I don't think it would work well for that but it took all the mud off both dogs quite easily and is really quite good for doing their undercarriage - Lochan in particular hates a cold water hosing on her undercarriage! So overall a success and as it is no hassle to fill it with water from the tap and take it with me every day I can see I will continue to use it. And it made me feel better about the Alabama Rot too!
     
    Pilatelover, drjs@5 and editor like this.
  5. Karen

    Karen Moderator Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    May 24, 2012
    Messages:
    11,751
    Horrible to hear about the Alabama Rot, and the poor spaniel too, Lochan.

    I am very interested about the portashower and will have a look on Amazon.
     
    editor likes this.
  6. Debs

    Debs Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2014
    Messages:
    1,725
    Location:
    East Sussex
    There's been a case of Alabama Rot in the Battle, East Sussex. Local vets are warning owners to be alert and watch out for symptoms.
     
  7. MaccieD

    MaccieD Guest

    Keep safe everyone xx
     
  8. editor

    editor Administrator

    Joined:
    May 10, 2011
    Messages:
    6,412
  9. Carys

    Carys Registered Users

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2017
    Messages:
    67
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    There are currently 2 unconfirmed cases of Alabama rot in the Newbury Berkshire area . Frilsham and Basildon. Locals appear to be confirming a young lab died. The Tadley & Basingstoke vets are warning of it and raising awareness in the area incase it is confirmed.

    Was also sent out on a Dogswatch email circular

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1788278304546332&id=783591498348356
     
  10. Lara

    Lara Registered Users

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2016
    Messages:
    312
    Oh god that is one mile away from us :(
     
    Stacia likes this.
  11. drjs@5

    drjs@5 Moderator Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2012
    Messages:
    16,595
    Location:
    Fife, Scotland
    :(
    Stay safe x
     
  12. Rosie

    Rosie Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2014
    Messages:
    4,127
    Location:
    South Wales
    @Lara - don't panic. We have a big cluster here (four cases), just a mile or two from our front door. But what do you do? Stop taking your dog on the walks he loves? No, especially because no-one can tell me how it is transmitted or what the real risk factors are (because no-one knows). I keep reminding myself that it is still extremely rare - lots and lots and lots of dogs walk in these woods, and a tiny number are affected.
    Don't let it spoil your enjoyment of your local walks. Use that hose, wipe off mud, and keep on playing.

    Hugs
    Rosie
     
  13. Stacia

    Stacia Registered Users

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Messages:
    6,015
    I have had a case 2 miles from me, so understand how you feel :(
     
  14. Lara

    Lara Registered Users

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2016
    Messages:
    312
    Thank you Rosie :( I read that last night just after a terrible walk with Indie training-wise so was miserable already about undoing our progress and then the worry of hearing about the disease so close nearly tipped me over the edge of worry! You are right, we can't do anything other than rinse paws and be vigilant. The Pig absolutely hates the hose and won't go into the back garden with me if she thinks I will try to rinse her. I'll have to use a bowl of water. I am not sure I can ask the dog walker to rinse her though, as she has other dogs with her and I am already the 'difficult' customer asking her to walk the Pig on lead on a harness. Oh I sometimes wonder if there is a limit to how many worries my dog causes me, but it seems like we keep finding more things to worry about...
     
    Karen and charlie like this.
  15. Stacia

    Stacia Registered Users

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Messages:
    6,015
    Thanks Rosie for your optimism, must be scary to have four cases.

    PS I wrote this post before I read your reply Lara. I have just had my older Lab put to sleep and feel I couldn't cope if I lost Rourke as well, it is so scary.
     
  16. Lara

    Lara Registered Users

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2016
    Messages:
    312
    Is the only advice to rinse paws? Did I read that it might be linked to walks in woodland when wet/after rain?
     
  17. JenBainbridge

    JenBainbridge Supporting Member Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,755
    Stay safe everyone :(

    There's a case not too far from us - I've just been avoiding taking Stanley to that walk, even though I know it would be lovely for him. Such a scary disease.
     
  18. SwampDonkey

    SwampDonkey Registered Users

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2015
    Messages:
    5,439
    Location:
    leicestershire uk
    Use a watering can its easier
     
    Lara likes this.
  19. charlie

    charlie Registered Users

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2012
    Messages:
    11,353
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    It's awful, Newbury is not far from us. Nothing we can do but remain vigilant. I use a watering can for paw washing too but with nice warm water for my pooches :D much better than a hose if your dog isn't sure :) x
     
  20. Beanwood

    Beanwood Moderator Forum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2014
    Messages:
    6,021
    I am not sure how effective rinsing paws would be. I would be tempted to take along some disinfectant as well for after the walk, and maybe a barrier ointment for paws before hand. My understanding is that whilst there is an understanding of disease progression, the actual infective process is unknown. Saying that there is obviously some environmental element judging by the locations where the infection has been identified, wet, woodland walks, and a cluster of infected dogs in those areas.
     

Share This Page