Dogs are susceptible to the skin infection dog skin disease dog skin virus (DSTV) due to a mutation in the B. burgdorferi gene.
This means dogs can be infected with the disease and still be able to survive.
You should be careful with pet owners.
Learn more about dog skin transmission.
If you suspect a dog has the disease, you may be able get the dog vaccinated against it.
If the dog has already had the disease for a while, it may not be a problem, said Dr. William Thompson, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
But if a dog was recently vaccinated and has had symptoms that are similar to a case of DSTV, you should take it to a veterinarian immediately, he said.
You can also try washing your hands often, including after eating or drinking, to help reduce the risk of infection.
Veterinarians recommend you check for signs of the disease in dogs that have not been vaccinated or are not getting vaccinated because the disease is more likely to spread in dogs with compromised immune systems, including those with weakened immune systems.
To get vaccinated against DSTWV, your dog should be: at least 6 months old, and not vaccinated with another strain of the bacteria that causes it