A Lincoln dog was killed by deadly dog disease Alabama Rot just two weeks after first contracting it.
Vets first thought that the dog’s change in personality could be down to an adverse reaction to antibiotics or eating something he shouldn’t have. The vets’ opinion only changed after the dog’s owner patted it on the chest causing it to scream in pain.
The dog’s reaction led to vets shaving the dogs fur which revealed a lesion however vets thought this was just from the bite of another animal, it was only later on that the issue was found to be Alabama Rot with what was thought to be lesions actually blood clots.
The dog’s owner Nathan Emmingham told media: “I didn’t think it was a bite when they told me. But I didn’t really know about Alabama Rot and it wasn’t until I started looking into it that I realised how serious it was.”
Emmington said of the dog before the disease struck: “He was usually so full of beans and would run around.” The dog was eventually put to sleep by vets on 2 April.
Animal welfare charity Blue Cross says: “The cause of Alabama Rot is unknown, but most dogs that need treatment have been walked in muddy, woodland areas. The first signs you may notice if your dog has contracted Alabama rot are lesions or ulcers on the skin. These could appear as a patch of red skin, or as an open ulcer or sore. In many cases, the lesions will look out of the ordinary to vets.
“These sores are most commonly found on a dog’s paws or lower legs, but they can also be found on a dog’s face, mouth or tongue, or on their lower body.
“Signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, tiredness and vomiting. The earlier this disease is caught and treated by a vet, the higher the chances of recovery.”