Dog owners in Ireland have been warned to be vigilant after a second case of deadly disease Alabama Rot has been confirmed in the country.
The initial symptoms of Alabama Rot are skin lesions on the legs, chest and abdomen,with eventual kidney failure in about 25% of cases.
Despite the best possible treatment, many dogs do not survive.
It was first noted in greyhounds in the US in the 1980’s, and the first cases were identified in the UK in 2012. Since November 2012, more than sixty dogs across the UK have been affected.
It's thought that the disease is spread by a type of E Coli toxin found in rotting woodland vegetation or in woodland water courses and ponds.
Although the disease is very rare, dog owners should check their dog's paws for any lesions or skin rash, and contact their local vet if at all concerned.