PET owners are being warned about a gruesome illness that is killing dogs up and down the country.

The condition, known as Alabama Rot, can lead to a dog's flesh rotting away resulting in kidney failure, loss of appetite, tiredness and vomiting.

Without urgent treatment, dogs develop a raging fever and can eventually die.

It first appeared in the UK five years ago and has claimed the lives of dozens of dogs since then.

And there are 12 confirmed cases of the disease within a 50-mile radius of Barnsley, according to Vets4Pets.

It isn't known how the disease is caused or how it can be prevented, but it is thought to be picked up on paws and legs on muddy walks.

The first symptom that is normally seen is a skin sore that isn’t caused by injury. Animals also become unusually tired.

Vets say washing off mud after walks can help prevent the illness.

However, if it is left untreated, the condition can cause sudden and potentially fatal kidney failure.

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