Dog owners warned after first case of deadly Alabama Rot-like disease in county

Salcey Forest
Salcey Forest

Dog owners in Northamptonshire are being warned to look out for the signs of a disease very similar to Alabama Rot after a Jack Russell died of kidney failure.

Towcester Veterinary Centre has confirmed that the Jack Russell Terrier died as a result of idiopathic Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), a disease very similar to Alabama Rot, a disease which also causes kidney failure

Signs are being put up in Salcey Forest, near Northampton, by the Forestry Commission to warn other dog owners as the Jack Russell was walked almost exclusively there.

Towcester vet Cat Arthurs said: “We understand that this is very worrying for pet owners but we don’t want you to panic too much – very few cases have been confirmed in the UK.

“However as the disease is proving to be fatal in most cases it may be prudent to adopt a better safe than sorry stance.

“The most frustrating and worrying thing is that the cause is unknown making it impossible for us to give you advice on prevention.”

If you are worried about your dog you can call Towcester Veterinary Centre on 01327 350239 or go to