A dog-walking and -sitting service has received a report of a case of a disease fatal to dogs known as Alabama rot.

Claire's Pet Services is warning that it has heard a person who lives in Elmore has lost her dog to the disease.

This person mainly walks her dogs on the bank of the River Severn, Claire added in a post to followers.

A pet service is warning of a case of Alabama rot in Elmore, to the north west of Stroud

CRGV, commonly known as ‘Alabama rot’ is a dog disease of unknown cause that affects all breeds and does not discriminate in terms of age or weight.

Unfortunately, if not spotted early, it can lead to sudden and potentially fatal kidney failure.

David Walker, one of the UK's leading experts on the disease, has previously told the SNJ that pet owners should seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions.

"The first sign of the disease is normally a skin sore that was not caused by an injury," he said.

"These sores tend to be found on the lower half of the leg and appear as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin or they are open and similar to an ulcer.

"While there is currently no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease, any concerned owners should contact Vets4Pets for advice."

If you are concerned about your pet or to find out more about Alabama rot visit vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot