A case of the deadly dog disease Alabama Rot has been confirmed in the borough.
A post-mortem examination of a dog called Bradley has shown that he died from the mysterious disease earlier in April after being walked in the Tyldesley area, owner Julie Rothwell confirmed.
The death comes two years after several cases were confirmed in the Leigh and Tyldesley areas of the borough.
Julie, of Elliot Street, Tyldesley, said: “We lost our gorgeous boy Bradley on April 9 and the post-mortem results have now confirmed the cause of death was Alabama Rot.
“Bradley died almost two years after Sally our friend and neighbour’s dog died of AR, both our dogs had walked in the exact same area! Please get yourselves aware of this vile disease, everyone needs to know the facts.”
The case was first reported earlier this month after vets suspected that Alabama Rot had cause Bradley’s death. But they could not confirm it until a post-mortem examination had been carried out.
But Tyldesley Veterinary Centre decided to share the news as a way of warning owners to be careful in the meantime.
In a statement, the centre said at the time: “Some very sad news, our colleagues have informed us they have had a suspected case of Alabama Rot this weekend.
“The animal in question was walked along the old lines parallel to Squires Lane (Tyldesley). At this time it is only suspected, as our colleagues await the results.
“Alabama Rot (otherwise known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy or CRGV) is a serious disease which has only recently been recognized in dogs in the UK.”
The disease can cause lesions on the skin and occasionally in the mouth that may look like bites or sores.
“We recommend bathing any area of your dog which becomes wet or muddy on a walk, however at this stage we do not know if this is necessary or of any benefit,” the centre said.
“Unexplained redness, sores or swelling of the skin are often the first sign of this disease.
“It is important to remember that most of the time a skin problem will not be caused by CRGV however, the lesions in CRGV can be difficult to distinguish from cuts, wounds, stings or bites so if in doubt seek veterinary advice.
“Even if the skin changes are caused by CRGV, many dogs will not develop kidney problems and will recover fully.” To find out more visit andersonmoores.com.