Hi dog lovers! A new email has just been sent to all UK veterinary practices with a poster attached. If you go to your vet and don't see the poster, please print one out and ask them if they would kindly like to display it! Many thanks from the ARRF Team.
You will be well aware I’m sure, that over the past few years, the disease called Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), has been causing much alarm to dog owners all over the country and has been of significant interest to the national press via newspapers, TV and radio.
Because the cause of the disease is as yet unknown a national charity was recently set up called the Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) www.arrf.co.uk. Its purpose is to raise funds to research the cause of this disease and the possible future development of prevention or treatment strategies.
Below there is a link to a poster. We would be extremely grateful if you could print this and display it in your practice waiting area.
We think dog owners across the country will be pleased to know that an effort is being made at national level to confront this condition, and they will hopefully be keen to contribute towards the fund.
Very many thanks in anticipation for your help.
Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) Registered Charity No: 1166029
Following a meeting on the 5th of October 2017, ARRF and Chris Street of AlabamaRot.co.uk have agreed to work together going forward.
From now on, ARRF's newsfeed will be supplemented by a direct link to AlabamaRot.co.uk which has a substantial depth of current and historical information about the disease going back since it was first recognised in the UK.
In addition it was agreed that AlabamaRot.co.uk will close its donation fund, and direct anyone wishing to make a donation to www.arrf.co.uk. As a national charity ARRF is able to claim back tax on donations via Gift Aid, so for example for £100 donated, ARRF will receive £125.
Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) are pleased to announce their joint funding with NFDOG, for an epidemiology project into cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV or Alabama Rot). This work will be carried out by Dr Kim Stevens. http://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/kim-stevens
Using data provided by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists the research aims to:
1. Identify possible risk factors for CRGV including age, breed and sex whilst also assessing possible climatic risk factors
2. Investigate the spatial epidemiology of the disease to identify apparent clusters of cases in certain areas
3. Developing and launching a new questionnaire that will allow improved data collection
We would hope to be able to provide an update on the findings of this exciting research towards the end of this year.
We are sad to report that confirmed cases of Alabama Rot have been recorded in Cornwall.
Maggie was a beautiful, young Cocker Spaniel that tragically lost her life to Alabama rot. Maggie’s owner is running the Bournemouth marathon in October and is raising funds for the Alabama rot research fund (http://www.arrf.co.uk/). If anybody would like to donate then please visit the just giving page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aaronsrunformaggie)
We are now up to 94 confirmed cases since 2012, and 11 in 2017 alone. It has spread to Ireland with the first case recorded in Dublin.
A dog has died near Bournemouth just three days after showing symptoms of Alabama rot.
The speed of the disease shocked the owner and our hearts go out to them.
Two new cases of Alabama Rot, or CRGV, brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 86 since 2012.
Please be alert and help us spread the word to #StopAlabamaRot
Dog owners are being warned to look out for symptoms of a potentially fatal flesh-eating disease in their pets after a surge of cases in the UK.
Known as Alabama Rot, symptoms begin with skin lesions on the paws or legs, which has led vets to advise that owners wash their pets after muddy walks.