Since it was first diagnosed in the UK six years ago, Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), or 'Alabama Rot' has frustrated vets across the country. With the exact cause unknown and the disease proving fatal in nine out of ten cases it's great news that a potential treatment has been found.
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) have used Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE) to filter the patient's blood so that toxic substances are removed and the blood is then returned to the patient. Two out of the six dogs treated in this way went on to make a full recovery. Although the survival rates don't make great reading yet it is the first time that dogs so severely affected by CRGV have been reported to survive so is very positive news!