Alabama rot dog disease on the rise in the UK but how big a threat is it to your dog? We asked expert advice
What is Alabama Rot?
Alabama Rot is a disease that causes damage to a dog's blood vessels and the kidney. It is a mysterious disease which is hard to identify and sadly, very difficult to treat. Since December 2012, there have been 78 confirmed cases in the UK, including 14 in 2016 so far.
A woman whose dog died after contracting a serious disease is raising money to fund research into the illness.
Jessica Worthington's cocker spaniel Pippa fell ill after a walk in Marlborough - showing signs of kidney damage within a few days.
She had developed "Alabama Rot" - a disease first identified in the US in the 1980s - and died days later.
Miss Worthington, a veterinary nurse from Swindon, said her other dog, Molly, was also ill but survived.