FOUR new cases of Alabama Rot have been confirmed today by vet specialist referral centre, Anderson Moores.

One of the cases of the deadly dog disease is in Oxfordshire.

The cases, including in Chipping Norton, brings the total number to 37 so far this year.

Other cases of Alabama Rot have been confirmed in Rickmansworth (Hertfordshire), Glasbury (Powys) and South Molton (Devon).

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In total, the UK has now seen 241 confirmed cases of Alabama Rot across 46 counties, since 2012.

The first warning signs of the disease are usually skin lesions - red sore patches that in severe cases look like open wounds.

The disease can ultimately lead to kidney failure and death.

Treatment is available but is currently only successful in about 20 per cent of cases.

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David Walker, the UK’s leading expert on the condition, from Anderson Moores, said: “We are sad to announce more cases from this year, as we are now in the time of year when cases are most common.

“Further confirmed cases mean it is understandably very worrying for dog owners; however, this disease is still very rare, so we’re advising dog owners to remain calm but vigilant, and seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions.

“While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, any concerned dog owners should visit for advice and a map of confirmed cases.”