Infectious Disease Specialist Questions Lyme Disease

Is lyme disease common among pet owners?

I am contemplating buying a pet dog but am nervous about my dog catching and transmitting Lyme as we live in a Lyme-prone area. If I use flea and tick medicine on my future dog, does it protect against Lyme?

3 Answers

Generally, you are protected if you keep ticks off your pet.
Don't be afraid of getting a dog :) Although dogs and cats can get Lyme disease, there is no evidence that they spread the disease directly to their owners
If you use the flea and tick medicine you protect your dog from many diseases transmitted by these pests!
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There is no increased problems with pets in acquiring Lyme disease