19. Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is transmitted by ticks. As parasites, ticks actively seek a host. They attach themselves to the skin of animals like dogs and cats and feed on their blood. Most of the time, the tick has no real medical effect on the animal.
Humans are not that lucky. If a tick from a dog bites a human, it passes on the diseases it contains. These include bacteria, rickettsia, and spirochetes. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease. Several symptoms could indicate the presence of Lyme disease. A lot of pain is associated with the disease including joint pain, enlarged lymph nodes, and rashes. Antibiotics are needed to treat Lyme disease. Preventing pets from getting ticks is the best way to prevent Lyme disease. Pet owners should use products to deter ticks on their pets. When removing ticks from a pet, the owner should wear gloves.