THIRTEEN new cases of the deadly dog disease Alabama Rot have been identified across the UK this week, including one in Carterton, Oxfordshire.
As The diagnosis in Carterton is alongside others in nearby Chippenham in Wiltshire and one in Northamptonshire.
The other new cases confirmed by vets at Anderson Moores have been found in Somerset, Devon, Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire and Surrey.
David Walker, a specialist on the condition from Anderson Moores, said: “We are sad to announce more cases from this year, as we are now in the time of year when cases are most common.
“Further confirmed cases mean it is understandably very worrying for dog owners; however, this disease is still very rare, so we’re advising dog owners to remain calm but vigilant, and seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions.”
Alabama rot is a somewhat mysterious disease whose causes are still unknown and for which there is no known prevention.
The first warning signs are usually skin lesions – red sore patches that in severe cases look like open wounds.
The disease can ultimately lead to kidney failure and death.
Treatment is available but is currently only successful in about 20 per cent of cases.
Contact a vet for advice.