Three new cases of a deadly dog disease have been confirmed by vets.

Alabama Rot, a disease that damages blood vessels in the skin and kidney, can cause clotting and kidney failure.

Cases in Bolton, Oldham, and Bridgwater (Somerset) have been confirmed by Anderson Moores, a veterinary specialist in Winchester.

David Walker, the UK’s leading expert on the condition, from Anderson Moores, said: “We are sad to announce more cases, as 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 look at the Vets4Pets website for advice and a map of confirmed cases.”

The cause of Alabama Rot is currently unknown, but it is thought that the disease is picked up from muddy walks.

Vets recommend that dog owners wash off woodland mud as soon as possible, and keep an eye on their pet for and sores or lesions on their skin so they can be treated quickly.

The UK has now seen 207 confirmed cases of the disease since 2012, with Greater Manchester, Dorset, Devon and the New Forest in Hampshire the most common areas for confirmed cases.

Dr Huw Stacey, vet and director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, has been supporting research on the condition for a number of years, and is advising dog owners to contact their vet if they have any concerns.

He said: “While it is understandable that dog owners will be worried by Alabama Rot, it is still a very rare disease and we’d encourage owners to continue exercising their pet.

“If a dog becomes affected, the best chance of recovery lies with early and intensive veterinary care at a specialist facility such as Anderson Moores.

“Treatment is supportive, but is only successful in around 20 percent of cases, which is why we’re encouraging all dog owners to use the online interactive guide to help them understand the clinical signs and confirmed locations of the condition, and visit a vet if they have any concerns.”

Contact your vet if you are concerned about Alabama Rot.