What exactly is Alabama Rot?

CRGV, commonly known as ‘Alabama Rot’ is a doggy disease of unknown cause that affects all breeds and doesn’t discriminate in terms of age or weight.

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What’s the worst that can happen?

Unfortunately, if not spotted early, it can lead to sudden and potentially fatal kidney failure

Spotting Alabama Rot

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Credit: Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists

Skin Lesions

Appearing as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or open and ulcer like.


Sore Skin

Skin sores not caused by any known injury, commonly found below the elbow or knee.


Kidney Failure

Within 2–7 days outward signs of kidney failure; vomiting, reduced hunger and unusual tiredness.

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Steps to Prevent Alabama Rot

Stopping Alabama Rot

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How can you stop the rot?

Knowing the warning signs is key to treating the disease. If caught early your vet can evaluate if your dog has contracted CRGV.

It’s thought that the disease is picked up on the paws and legs on muddy walks, so always:

As the cause of Alabama Rot is still unknown, there is no known way to prevent your dog from contracting the disease, although there have been cases of closely associated dogs becoming affected. All confirmed cases of Alabama Rot are detailed in the map below.

How to help

Please support the research in to this deadly disease by donating to the Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF)