[re-posted – original publication Feb 3, 2017]
Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) commonly known as Alabama rot is a disease that can affect any breed of dog but currently it isn’t known what the initial cause is. CRGV is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidneys. It causes small blood clots to form within the blood vessels, these clots will lead to blockages and ultimately damage to the affected tissue. In the skin this can cause ulcerated lesions to appear, however in the kidneys this can lead to organ failure.
Often the first signs of this disease is an unexplained redness or lesion of the skin, particularly on the paws or legs but also on the body, face and even the tongue. Signs of kidney failure often develop over one to nine days from initial exposure. Symptoms of acute renal failure will often include increased drinking, depressed, in-appetent or vomiting.
It is important to remember that most skin lesions will not be caused by this disease; however, the Alabama rot lesions can be difficult to distinguish from cuts, wounds, stings and bites. If you are in doubt it is best to seek veterinary advice.