Take good care of your dogs fellas, Alabama Rot is doing the rounds again.
The deadly disease, which can be fatal for nine out of 10 dogs who catch it, is on the rise across the UK.
Alabama Rot is picked up by dogs on their paws and legs. It often leads to fatal kidney disease.
12 dogs have been slain by the disease in the UK this year.
One 18-month-old pooch in County Durham, Bracken, is fighting for his life.
Owners Jonathan and Chloe are worried as Brecken is being treated at a specialist hospital in Northumberland.
They told the Chronicle Live:
If his kidneys don’t function at the normal level, then I do not know what is going to happen.
We’re both really stressed at the moment. When we went for the walk we thought it was beautiful, full of wildlife and we’d go there again.
We had a really nice day but we have gone from being quite happy to completely upset in a matter of days.
My worst fear is that he takes a turn for the worse and I won’t be able to be there in time before he dies on his own in the hospital.
As per Blue Cross:
The first signs you may notice if your dog has contracted Alabama rot are lesions or ulcers on the skin. These could appear as a patch of red skin, or as an open ulcer or sore. In many cases, the lesions will look out of the ordinary to vets.
These sores are most commonly found on a dog’s paws or lower legs, but they can also be found on a dog’s face, mouth or tongue, or on their lower body.
Signs of kidney failure include loss of appetite, tiredness and vomiting.
If your dog is showing signs of sore skin or ulcers on an area of their body that is close to the floor (and you know these have not been caused by an injury) it’s a good idea to contact your vet.
On average, dogs suffer from kidney failure about three days after lesions begin to show on the skin, however the time between sores appearing and kidney failure can be between one and 10 days.
The earlier this disease is caught and treated by a vet, the higher the chances of recovery.
Praying for you Bracken, buddy.