News: Alabama Rot

Jack Russell
Jack Russell

Jack Russell

New Forest Dog Owners Group (NFDOG) and Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists are very grateful for all the donations (totalling over £10,000 now!) they have been receiving for the aim of furthering research into ‘Alabama Rot’.

Two projects have already been undertaken and although nothing positive has been detected, a few more possibilities have been ruled out. Urine toxicology tests have been carried out on a number of sick dogs in an attempt to identify a toxin that may have been ingested, but nothing definite was discovered.

A very kind and grieving family agreed to a full post mortem on a dog they had sadly lost, hoping that this would help the cause. The knowledge base continues to be built.

NFDOG Chairman, Heather Gould, said “We are not expecting any exciting break throughs in the medium term, but believe that every test that rules something out is a small step forward. The research fund is open to any vet who wants to research something specific about the illness and applications should be made via Anderson Moores.

The Forestry Commission have asked for our help to make more information widely available to the public.
They have a downloadable poster at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/eng_NF_AlabamaRot_Mar14.pdf/$FILE/eng_NF_AlabamaRot_Mar14.pdf and would like members of the public to print out and display this in areas of the Forest that do not already have it up. If posters are to be displayed outside of the New Forest, the FC logo must be removed please.

Please keep an eye on Anderson Moores website – www.andersonmoores.com for updates on the illness and a table of confirmed and suspected cases can be viewed here – http://www.forestry.gov.uk/alabamarot

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