A mysterious illness has been blamed for four more canine deaths, raising the total to 126 and stoking fears of a major outbreak. Killer dog disease Alabama Rot, also known as CRGV (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy), originated in the Southern United States among Greyhounds in the 1980s, but has recently made a resurgence.

Here’s more from the Sun:

A top vet has warned owners to be vigilant after his surgery treated four dogs with signs of the illness, which has killed 126 pups since 2012.

If the new suspected cases are confirmed it will mean deaths have already doubled so far this year, just as we enter peak season for the illness.

The disease kills 80 per cent of dogs infected and there is no known cause or cure.

So far this year there have been two confirmed cases, but the four new fatalities showed liver and kidney damage consistent with the symptoms of Alabama Rot.

David Scott, from Stalbridge & Marnhull Veterinary Surgery, urged dog owners to call a vet if they spot warning signs, including skin sores, tiredness, loss of appetite and vomiting.

He said: “We can only diagnose Alabama Rot through a post-mortem, but in the suspected cases we have seen the owners have been too upset for a post-mortem.”

“However, we have our suspicions. Four fatal cases were quite suspicious while another four non-fatal cases were less likely but still possible. It’s frustrating that we can’t be sure but blood tests showed liver and kidney issues. The dogs didn’t respond to treatment and became worse and worse. It’s heart-breaking to see, just awful.”

The disease causes pooches to vomit and develop skin lesions, which results in kidney failure and in most cases death.

Dr Scott said: “What we don’t want is for people to stop taking their dogs out, but we suggest owners wash their dogs, especially after muddy walks. Look out for skin lesions, lethargy, thirst, loss of appetite and sickness, and ring the vet if you see any of these symptoms.”

Keep a close eye on your pet and be aware of the warning signs mentioned in this article. If your pet is showing any of the symptoms, do not hesitate to seek treatment immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry…

Does your beloved pup have any unexplained sores?