Cases of Lyme Disease Rising in Dogs

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Be careful next time you take your dog outside, because a new report shows there's a rising number of dogs getting Lyme disease.

A report by the Banfield Pet Hospital says that there is a 21 percent increase in the number of Lyme disease cases in dogs. The disease is spread to dogs by tick bites.

Vets in our area say they've seen more and more cases this year. Dr. Lisa Miller, DVM, who works at the Valley Animal Hospital, said pet owners should be careful, because they can catch it too.

"You're not going to get Lyme disease from your dog or your cat but if your dog or cat brings ticks into your home and the tick is infected and they bite you then you can be exposed to Lyme disease that way," said Miller.

She suggests using products like Advantix and Frontline to help prevent tick bites. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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