As the number of dogs who have lost their lives due to the deadly disease, Alabama Rot, continues to rise dog owners are being told to wash their dogs after walks if walking in muddy or woodland areas.

The disease, which has taken the lives of almost 80 dogs in the last four years is no longer contained in Southern England but has been identified in the Midlands, Lancashire, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Symptoms of the dogs affected by the disease has risen since 2012 across the UK with outbreaks concentrated predominantly in countryside/woodland areas, but was first identified in the US in the 1980s.

Although thought to be environmentally based with dangers heightened in woodlands, the cause of this disease is still unknown, and only one in three dogs are likely to survive, even if they receive rapid treatment.

Here’s how to spot the signs of Alabama Rot:

Owners are asked to remain vigilant for sores and lesions as well as signs which may point to kidney failure, including vomiting, reduced appetite and tiredness, but if you suspect your dog might have been affected then you should contact your vet immediately.

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