DOG owners in the Staffordshire Moorlands are being warned to be on their guard after a case of a potentially fatal canine disease has been confirmed in the district.
A springer spaniel has died in the village of Werrington after contracting Alabama Rot.
The incurable disease, which often leads to kidney failure in dogs, was first recorded in the UK in 2012. Since then there have been more than 100 cases reported.
The causes of the disease are unknown but symptoms include lesions and sickness.
A veterinary practice spokesman said: “People still need to walk their dogs, but we do recommend cleaning them thoroughly, making sure all mud is removed from their paws and legs and checking them over for any broken skin.”