Dog owners are being warned that a case of a flesh-eating canine disease known as Alabama Rot has been reported in Warwickshire.
The disease, which was first reported in the USA in the 1980s, involves sores appearing on the animal, usually near the elbow or knee.
And now a local vet surgery has released a statement advising owners what to do.
Mark Taylor, clinical director at Avonvale, is urging dog owners to be aware of symptoms, which can include sudden swelling or soreness on the skin.
He said: “The case of Alabama Rot reported in Warwickshire is concerning and I would advise owners to be on their guard.
“Early symptoms include sores and skin lesions, typically below the knee or elbow, which are not wounds from an injury.
“The sores show as a swelling, a patch of red skin or a defect such as an ulcer.
“From then, affected dogs can develop signs of kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and tiredness.
“Early recognition of the disease is key. Without knowing the trigger for the disease it’s impossible to give specific advice but I would urge dog owners to bring take their pets to be checked after any sudden onset of skin lesions, especially if the dog is also unwell.”