Dog disease is spreading across England - pet owners are being warned to be vigilant

Pet owners are being urged to stay vigilant and a potentially deadly dog disease sweeps the country.

Alabama Rot can lead to devastating symptoms in all breeds of dogs and there is no way to prevent your pet from becoming infected.

The devastating illness can cause a dog's flesh to rot and can ultimately lead to kidney failure, tiredness, vomiting and loss of appetite.

If dogs displaying any of these symptoms are not treated urgently, they can die of a deadly fever, reports Essex Live .

It's thought that the disease is picked up on the paws and legs on muddy walks, so dog owners are reminded to always wash off woodland mud, check for signs of CRGV and if in doubt, call the vet.

Dogs can also appear to become 'depressed' with a loss of appetite and they may start to vomit.

The mysterious illness, which first appeared in the late 1980s affecting greyhounds in America, has been found in at least 27 counties in England and Wales since 2012.

In this latest outbreak, three cases have been confirmed within a 50-mile radius of Chelmsford city centre, according to data provided by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists.

Vets have warned that one of the most noticeable signs of the disease early in its onset is skin lesions.

This abnormality in the tissue of an organism begins as a slow-healing ulcer.

Owners who spot wounds or lesions to the limbs of their pet, or on their dog's face, that appear to take a long time to heal, should make a prompt visit to the vet.

Dogs can also appear to become 'depressed' with a loss of appetite and they may start to vomit.

Vets4Pets, an online search site that helps locate veterinary practices, has an online search tool to help owners track the spread of the disease.

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