Warning for dog owners as 'flesh-eating disease' hits Dublin

The horrific condition, which is called Alabama Rot, has already spread across the U.

Dog owners are urged to be on the alert after two cases of a deadly flesh-eating disease were confirmed in Ireland.

The horrific condition, which is called Alabama Rot, has already spread across the UK, with 23 cases in Bolton and Manchester.

One dog was found to have the disease in Downpatrick, Co Down, while another was located in Massey Woods in the capital - writes dublinlive.ie

In 2017, the highest number of deaths were recorded at 37 in the UK, but this year there have already been 30 confirmed cases.

Alabama Rot, also known as CRGV, causes dogs to vomit and develop lesions. In 80% of cases it leads to death.

Veterinary nurse Alex O'Hagan from Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Lancashire warned the Mirror: "The first sign of the disease are ulcerations on the legs, paws and tongue.

"One of the most worrying aspects of the disease is no known cure has been found, meaning the majority of cases unfortunately result in death.

"There is little research on the disease, what causes it and how it's prevented.

"There's no way to diagnose it when the dog is alive, only once a post-mortem is carried out. This also means we're unsure which dogs are surviving it."

Dogs Trust have advised pet owners to keep to dry paths and keep dogs out of muddy or wet areas.

"Wash off any mud after your walk so you can check for any lesions or wounds and if you spot any, go to your vet," they said.

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