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Alabama rot warning to dog owners as cases of mystery killer disease

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first_imgThere were just six in 2012, growing to 19 in 2016 and 40 in 2017, and this year looks likely to set a new record, with 29 cases confirmed already. Cases of the illness, which kills 80 per cent of affected animals, have increased year-on-year since it arrived in the UK in 2012. The disease has baffled vets, and is often are not spotted until it is too late and the dog is already dying, as it presents itself initially as relatively harmless cuts and sores on the leg. Dog owners should avoid walking their pets in muddy areas, they have been advised, owing to a rise in cases of the mystery killer disease called Alabama rot. David Walker, from Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, said diagnosis…last_img read more

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