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Dalsmum
post 6th Apr 2018, 5:12 pm
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Details of the fish bacterium here

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/al...w-a8172491.html
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nikirushka
post 7th Apr 2018, 10:21 am
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"However, she needs to test more dogs showing signs of Alabama Rot in order to attain more conclusive results."

Therein lies the problem - it is rare. And fast, so diagnosing with certainty then getting samples to her in time to be useful will be difficult. Even if she is on the right track, it is going to take quite a while to get anywhere.
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post 8th Apr 2018, 10:03 am
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Do you think that annual boosters compromise a dogs ability to fight off Alabama Rot?
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post 8th Apr 2018, 4:52 pm
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QUOTE(Penninepoodlewelfare @ 8th Apr 2018, 11:03 am) *

Do you think that annual boosters compromise a dogs ability to fight off Alabama Rot?


Given we don't know what causes it and there have only been 122 confirmed cases, there is no way we can even make a statistical link between cases and vaccination at this stage let along cause and effect.

On the other hand we know vaccination protects against leptospirosis (over 1300 cases reported in 2016 http://www.lepto.co.uk/recorded-cases) , parvovirus (plenty of cases here... https://www.facebook.com/ParvoAlert/) etc etc

But I'm sure suggestions of a link with a very rare fatal disease of unknown cause will be enough to stop people vaccinating against much more common fatal diseases sad.gif
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post 8th Apr 2018, 7:00 pm
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QUOTE(ceri1 @ 8th Apr 2018, 5:52 pm) *

But I'm sure suggestions of a link with a very rare fatal disease of unknown cause will be enough to stop people vaccinating against much more common fatal diseases sad.gif


Yes, that's what worries me err.gif

We don't vaccinate Sam on veterinary advice, due to an immune disorder, but otherwise all my dogs have been and will continue to be vaccinated. There is an element of 'herd immunity' protection which concerns me - both within my 'pack' and in the wider sense.
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post 9th Apr 2018, 8:20 am
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This is what worries me. Lots of coverage about something rare that appears not to affect many dogs creating panic yet something preventable and people are totally ignoring the real possibility of contracting it.
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post 9th Apr 2018, 9:02 am
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QUOTE(ceri1 @ 8th Apr 2018, 5:52 pm) *

On the other hand we know vaccination protects against leptospirosis (over 1300 cases reported in 2016 http://www.lepto.co.uk/recorded-cases) , parvovirus (plenty of cases here... https://www.facebook.com/ParvoAlert/) etc etc


There have been quite a few cases of vaccinated dogs contracting parvo, so it isn't always the protection it is supposed to be. That said I do still vaccinate my dogs as pups, or they have the last booster they had when I get them as adults. but I don't booster annually as everything I've learned and understand tells me that it is not necessary (once immunity to a thing is created it is there for life, at least for the major diseases), and can cause major problems.

But that is a whole other subject, so I'll stop there! The suggestion of vaccines being in any way responsible would be a very, very bad thing for the general public to read and there's no evidence of it whatsoever. The main problem with AR is the lack of a culprit so far - I do hope the vet gets somewhere with the fish bacterium.
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