6 things dog owners should know about Lyme disease

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Pet parents should learn about the ways that tick bites can affect their furry companions. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. Lyme disease primarily affects people, but dogs also are at risk. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete, borrelia burgdorferi, which is a type of bacterium, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. Bacteria are contained in the bodies of blacklegged ticks, which are passed to the host animal when bitten. Transmission of Lyme disease has been reported in dogs throughout the United States and Europe. It is most prevalent in the upper Midwestern states, the Atlantic seaboard and the Pacific coastal states, PetMD said. Even though Lyme disease is widely known for its effects on humans, pet parents should learn about the ways that tick bites can affect their furry companions. Lyme disease only causes
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