Pet owners are being urged to stay vigilant as a potentially deadly dog disease sweeps the United Kingdom.
Alabama Rot can lead to life-threatening symptoms in all breeds of dogs and there is no known way to prevent your dog from becoming infected.
This devastating illness can cause a dog's flesh to rot and can ultimately lead to kidney failure, tiredness, vomiting and loss of appetite.
If dogs displaying any of these symptoms are not treated urgently, they can die.
It is thought that the disease is picked up on the paws and legs on muddy walks, so dog owners are reminded to wash off woodland mud.
Dogs can also appear to become 'depressed' with a loss of appetite and they may start to vomit.
The mysterious illness, which first appeared in the late 1980s affecting greyhounds in America, has been found in at least 27 counties in England and Wales since 2012.
In this latest outbreak, three cases have been confirmed within a 50-mile radius of Chelmsford city centre, according to data povided by local vets,
Vets have warned that one of the most noticeable signs of the disease early in its onset is skin lesions.
This abnormality in the tissue of an organism begins as a slow-healing ulcer.
Owners who spot the following symptoms (but not limited to) must call their vet urgently:
-Skin lesions, ulcers, sores, bite marks
- Lethargy or lack of energy
- Loss of appetite
- Jaundice or discolouration in eyes, gums or nostrils
- Vomiting or gagging