ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Feral hogs can wreak as much havoc on your land as they can on your health and the health of your dogs.
Veterinarians at Bush Animal Clinic are warning hunters to protect their dogs from infectious diseases such as Brucellosis transmitted by the hogs.
Hunting dogs with open wounds are more susceptible to contracting infections.
Vets said dogs should wear protective vests that cover their bodies and necks.
Once a dog is infected, it's easy for them to transmit the disease to humans.
"It's real life," said Dr. Ivy Chupp. "It's serious and you just really need to be careful. It's something that's a hobby and it's supposed to be fun, but it can turn, it can be dangerous. There is no vaccine to prevent Brucellosis."
Pet owners should look for symptoms such as the dog's muscles aching and a lack of appetite.
If you believe your dog has been exposed, call your vet immediately for a blood test.