Vets Held the First Alabama Rot Conference

Vets and veterinary nurses gathered in Reading on 10th May for the first-ever conference on the deadly disease, Alabama rot. 

The conference was organised by David Walker of Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, to discuss the disease, which has killed more than 90 dogs since December 2012. 

The most recent case of the disease was reported by a woman from Gloucester. Her dog, Boe, contracted Alabama rot after walking in the Forest of Dean. Commenting on her Facebook page on 5th May, Jasmine Smith said: “My dog is currently being treated for Alabama rot which has caused acute kidney failure and is very poorly. 

“We walk our princess up the woods in drybrook - please take care and be aware that Alabama rot is in the Forest of Dean!! 

“It's unlikely to catch it but my dog has and it could be your dog - please go careful and share this post so all dog walkers are aware of this disease!!!”

The relatively new to the UK disease, Alabama rot, is fatal in 9 out of 10 cases. It is caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney, leading to ulceration.

In some cases, dogs go on to develop life-threading kidney failure. 

The cause of the disease is not yet known, so a vaccine cannot be developed.


Dog owners are being urged to be extra cautious if their dog starts to lick skin lesions or sores not caused by a known injury by seeing a vet without delay.