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2017 ‘worst year’ for Alabama rot, vets confirm
Owners are urged to seek advice from a vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions or sores.
Anderson Moores issues update on fatal disease 

Vets have confirmed that 2017 was officially the UK’s worst year for cases of Alabama rot after the number of confirmed cases almost doubled compared to 2016.

Veterinary specialists Anderson Moores said that eight new cases from December have just been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in 2017 to 37. There have now been 143 cases in the UK since the disease was first identified in 2012, with 15 in January and seven in February so far in 2018.

“We are sad to announce eight more cases from 2017, making it the worst year so far for cases of Alabama Rot,” said David Walker, the UK’s leading expert on the condition. "It is understandably very worrying for dog owners, but we hope the increase in cases is partially due to a higher awareness and understanding of the disease.
 
“Although the figures have almost doubled since 2016, it is important that dog owners remain calm, but vigilant for signs of the disease, particularly over the coming months, as we are now in the peak season for cases of the disease.”

Alabama rot, clinically known cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy,  can cause skin lesions and often results in fatal kidney failure. Currently, there is no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, although owners are urged to seek advice from a vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions or sores.

Dr Kim Stevens of the RVC is currently leading research into the disease, with funding from the New Forest Dog Owners Group and the charity Stop Alabama Rot. She is hoping to publish the results of her work later this year.

“This research will not identify the specific cause of the disease, but is designed to look for geographical patterns, as well as environmental and climatic risk factors,” Dr Stevens said. “An obvious pattern that we can see is linked to seasons, with the vast majority of cases occurring between November and March, and limited cases over the summer.
 
“We hope our ongoing research with Anderson Moores and the work that Vets4Pets are doing will take us closer to finding the cause of this nasty disease.”

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at petplanvet.co.uk and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.