Dog owners in Poole have been warned about possible cases of the potentially deadly Alabama Rot disease.
The reports comes after a Facebook post from ‘Rossmore Safer Neighbourhood.’ The post warns those walking dogs on the Bourne Vally Nature Reserve near Berkely Avenue, locally known as Alderney Heath, to remain vigilant for possible signs of the disease.
The full posts reads: “There have been unconfirmed reports of dogs becoming unwell after being walked on the heathland behind Berkely Avenue. If anyone is concerened by their dogs health please visit a vets straight asap. If they suspect Alabama Rot, they will refer you to a specialist vets Anderson Moores in Winchester. Please see more signs and symptons of this disease via the link below.”
The news comes after unconfirmed reports that up to 28 dogs fell ill within two days of walking on Poole Heath. The New Forest has seen around 17 cases of ‘dog rot’
The disease is said to be more prominent in woodland areas and first appeared in Britain back in 2012.
Anyone who is worried about the safety of their dog in the Poole area can contact the RSPCA Poole and East Dorset Branch on: 01202 890415.