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TOPEKA, Kansas (KSNT) -- There's an STD among dogs that also poses a threat to their owners.

"Unfortunately, some of them look clinically fine, they just have the disease," says Kansas State University veterinarian and Laboratory director Bill Fortney. He says many dog owners don't know about Canine Brucellosis, an STD spread among the pets.

"It's considered a sexually transmitted disease but unfortunately it can also spread by licking," Fortney says.

It's not just a threat to them - it's potentially contagious in people and often brings with it an inconsistent fever.