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KARL posted an article in LocalWarnings have been given as it would appear that Alabama Rot is back in Salford after a number of cases of the disease have been identified in dogs by vets4pets. At going to press there are 23 confirmed cases within a 20-mile radius of Salford of the disease which can kill 9/10 of the dogs it infects, according to the vets4pets.co.uk website. The latest death comes after a dog was thought to have contracted the disease whilst being walked around the Boothstown area of Salford. It should be noted that only 3 of the confirmed cases have been reported from within the Salford boundary, One in Little Hulton and another at Buile Hil Park, and now this latest one in Boothstown, although it is possible that in all cases the disease was picked up at other locations. It is still best to ensure that you are aware of this when walking your dogs. Last year two dogs were confirmed to have contracted the disease around Drinkwater / Phillips park (Radcliffe) and another Two around Clifton Country Park. What is Alabama Rot? Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV or ‘Alabama rot’) is a serious disease which has only recently been recognised in dogs in the UK. It causes lesions on the skin and occasionally in the mouth, which can look like bites, sores, wounds or stings. Some dogs go on to develop life-threatening kidney failure. Any age, sex, or breed of dog can be affected. CRGV is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. It causes tiny blood clots to form in the blood vessels which blocks them and can ultimately lead to damage of the affected tissue. In the skin, this causes ulceration; however, in the kidney it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure). What is CRGV? CRGV is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. It causes tiny blood clots to form in the blood vessels which blocks them and can ultimately lead to damage of the affected tissue. In the skin, this causes ulceration; however, in the kidney it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure). Symptoms The first symptoms of Alabama Rot are skin lesions, ulcers or sores, not caused by any known injury. These appear on the legs, body, mouth or tongue (see column on right). The dog will lick at the sores. Within days, dogs get symptoms of acute kidney injury (vomiting, reduced hunger or unusual tiredness). Treatment & Cure? At the moment there is no vaccination available for the disease as the underlying cause is still unknown. Prevention At the moment there is no real advice regarding how to prevent your dog catching the disease as the cause of it is still unknown. If you suspect your dog to have contracted it then you should contact the RSPCA or your local Vet surgery immediately, if you have other dogs then separate them to avoid the infection spreading to them. It should also be noted that at this time of year ticks and parasites are prevalent and can cause skin rashes and hair loss on dogs. Before fearing the worst, get your pet checked out to be on the safe side.
Animal Lovers are once more set to protest outside Dogs4Us this coming Sunday 20th November at 1pm, as MP's are to demand new laws to put an end to the barbaric trade in farmed puppies later this week. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee will seek a ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and online deals. This comes as the 'industry' in farmed puppies has been put under the spotlight this year after an investigation by the BBC, which came after a previous investigation in 2009 by Sky News who ran a report which drew attention to the mass breeding of pedigree pups on an industrial scale, pups which are then sold on via pet shops around the UK as well as online. The report highlighted the horrific conditions that both mothers and pups were living in and called for the government to do something about it. During the investigation Dogs4Us were named and alleged to be one of the pet shops being supplied by Maes Brynn in Caernarfonshire, Wales, just one of several farms which were also alleged to have been supplying the company. Dogs4Us responded in a statement saying that all pups they purchase come from registered and licensed breeders whose premises are inspected by local authorities. Warning: Some of the scenes in the videos bellow are distressing so we advise you to please not view them if they will upset you. Scroll forward to May 2016 and once more Dogs4Us are back in the public eye again as the BBC's Panorama took up the case once more and pushed the investigation even further with heart breaking results. As part of the show reporters made a visit under cover of darkness to one farm in Ireland where reporters discovered Sickening scenes of puppies and their mothers bound for Britain's pet shops locked up in tiny wooden crates like battery hens. The investigation focused on the business of Mr Eric Hale who ran a farm in Co Armagh, Ireland, during which dogs were found living in filthy conditions, with no suitable bedding; sawdust in food and water; dogs giving birth in boxes; no disease control and no ventilation or sunlight available. Many of the dogs in the program can only be described as 'puppy conveyor belts' as their sole purpose in life is to produce as many litters as possible. Mr Hale was licenced by the local authority and as one of the largest dog breeders in the country had over 120 breeding bitches on site, many of which were transported on the night ferry over to Britain and then transported across the country to as far north as Scotland to be sold to dealers. Many of those animals were later sold on via internet trading sites and via pet shops. Huge profits can be made as demand for pups is at an all-time high and much sought after breeds can bring in huge profits for all involved. One single breeding bitch can produce litters worth tens of thousands of pounds over their sad life time. Dogs4Us dispute claims made in the program and issued a statement saying that all their pups come from reputable dealers and all parent animals are on record and are traceable. Their website also states that the company purchases from licensed breeders, it has announced and unannounced inspections, and that it is licensed to sell puppies. Dogs4Us slammed the links with puppy farming as “utter nonsense”. A statement that appeared on their website read. One of those protesting is Nicola Robinson a former employee of Dogs 4 Us for four years, working her way up to deputy store manager left acrimoniously in 2012 after a dispute with other members of staff. She said she quit after seeing the conditions the puppies were being subjected to and how the store took in pups from dealers at younger than eight weeks – too young to be transported under UK law. In the program she presented evidence of illnesses and complaints by customers of the store. The protest on Sunday is just one of many that have been staged over the past year and campaigners vow to keep on campaigning until the puppy farming trade is put out of business and banned for good. We will leave it to your own judgement but in my opinion in general this kind of trade should be banned and shut down immediately, sadly the sale of puppies in pet shops remains legal. We have included some links below for further reading/viewing... http://www.dogs4usfacts.com/ http://www.loveyourpuppy.co.uk/1/dogs-4-us-setting-the-record-straight https://www.facebook.com/BoycottDogs4Us/