Days of Jack's Life

Alabama Rot

February 16th 2009 9:04 am
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Well, I have been spending way too much time with the vet having tests, taking meds, and not feeling all that greyt. It started with a couple of sores on my legs, a very high temperature, and then redness all over my body and more sores on my legs. I got really skinny too. Seems that I have something called Alabama Rot, aka Greyhound Rot.

"Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular disease (“Alabama rot”) is a rare disease that can be seen in Greyhounds. Should your Greyhound develop ulcerative lesions on their legs (rear>front) this condition should be considered. It can be potentially fatal as 25% of Greyhounds will develop kidney failure with this condition. There is no specific treatment for this disease. Recovery should occur in two to three weeks in Greyhounds with no kidney damage. This condition is very rare. " This information is from Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, Inc. by William E. Feeman III, DVM.

Fortunately, I do not have any kidney involvement so I should eventually heal up. This disease has been thought to be associated with the raw meat diet used by racing kennels, but some think it could be hereditary. My specialist thinks that I make the case for hereditary since I have not been in the racing community for over six years. She started me on Pentoxifylline so we will see how it works.

In the mean time, I am gaining my weight back and am starting to get into trouble again. The first time I chewed up a piece of mail, Mom was so happy that I was feeling better that she didn't care. I think she cares now because she scolded my for chewing up her notes from a fitness class last night. I was feeling extra fit after that little snack! I think I will take a nap now. This has been a long morning.

 
 

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