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DENVER - Sexually transmitted diseases among some dogs may also put their owners at risk. Brucellosis is a bacterial infection, which often leads to infertility among dogs. It can spread it to humans by licking.

Dr. Randa MacMillan, president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, told 9NEWS this isn't a huge threat to family dogs. She said it mainly affects those that are bred commercially.

"The state veterinarian's office has reported zero cases this year. They said usually they see one to two cases a year, but that makes it a very rare disease in Colorado," she said.

Dr. MacMillan said, for the most part, Colorado dog owners shouldn't be concerned about brucellosis, unless they are breeding. She isn't aware of any instances in our state, where a dog spread the disease to its owner.

Many dogs will not show any symptoms other than infertility. There is no vaccine to prevent brucellosis and no reliable treatment.

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