(HealthDay News) -- People aren't the only ones who are vulnerable to Lyme disease. Fido or Fluffy also could contract the illness from an infected tick.
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The American Kennel Club says Lyme disease occurs the most often in the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and on the Pacific Coast.
As is true with a human counterpart, a pet that contracts Lyme is most commonly treated with a round of antibiotics.
The AKC suggests how to prevent disease in your pet:
- Inspect your pet for ticks after walks through the woods or grassy settings. Pay extra attention to areas in and near the paws, lips, eyes, ears and under the tail.
- Remove any tick as quickly as possible, or visit the vet without delay.
- Ask your vet to conduct a tick check at each exam.
- Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick preventive.
- Keep grass near your home short.
- Get your pet vaccinated for Lyme disease.
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