A property owner from Rio Grande Valley has been investigating the mysterious deaths of many of his dogs over the past 20 years. He has finally figured out the primary cause of these unfortunate deaths to be the bites of an insect called the “kissing bug”.
The blood-sucking kissing bug is known to carry a parasite known as Trypanosoma cruzi (T Cruzi). Once the dogs are infected, they quickly lose their strength and die within days. A local conducted study has revealed an alarming 25 to 30 percent of the dogs diseased due to the kissing bug.
Humans, especially kids, are also susceptible to the deadly ill-effects of T Cruzi. Infected humans often become chronically ill, and suffer from heart failure in the worst cases. The researchers are now collecting samples of the kissing bug to aid in the study to find a solution to this lethal epidemic.
Currently, the areas around Texas have the highest recorded cases of infections spread of kissing bugs. Vets have urged people to keep their dogs away from grassy areas. In any case of fever, lethargy or diarrhea in dogs, they should be immediately brought in for medical care. Let’s do our part and share this information with other pet owners. Stay safe!
Click the video below to watch an informative report on the current kissing bug epidemic.