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How to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

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You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house.  Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house. Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.

Along with the other pests that become more active in the summer months, the kissing bug is once again raising concerns in dog owners. Don’t let it’s cutesy name fool you – it’s not any nicer than other biting bugs. Kissing bugs get their name from their ugly habit of biting people around the eyes […]

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Along with the other pests that become more active in the summer months, the kissing bug is once again raising concerns in dog owners. Don’t let it’s cutesy name fool you – it’s not any nicer than other biting bugs. Kissing bugs get their name from their ugly habit of biting people around the eyes […]

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Along with the other pests that become more active in the summer months, the kissing bug is once again raising concerns in dog owners. Don’t let it’s cutesy name fool you – it’s not any nicer than other biting bugs. Kissing bugs get their name from their ugly habit of biting people around the eyes and lips.

Image Source: Bernard DuPont via Wikimedia Commons

The bugs prefer warmer weather and are more prevalent in South America and the Southern United States, but have also been spotted as far North as Pennsylvania in the summer. There are 11 known species and at least eight (or more) carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which can cause Chagas disease in both humans and pets. It’s be transmitted when the bug bites and then defecates near the site of the bite, or if the bug is ingested.

Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Hamer with Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences recently gave an interview explaining how Chagas disease is transmitted and it’s effects.

The bugs are not as common in the U.S. as they are in South America. There’s no reason to panic however, veterinarians advise being vigilant as Chagas disease can cause heart failure, organ failure, and even death in dogs. Pets may not show any symptoms for several years. According to PetMd, dogs who are severely infected may display the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • enlarged liver or spleen

There are no vaccines or medications that treat Chagas disease, but the symptoms (including heart disease) can be treated to help your dog live longer with the condition. Kissing bugs prefer to live in spaces where the chance of a meal is more likely, like dog houses and beds, kennels, and human homes. Keeping your dog’s bedding and living areas clean and free of bugs may help prevent infection.

Researchers with Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have been studying the bugs and the disease to better understand it. If you spot a Kissing Bug, you can follow instructions for contacting the University about it by clicking here.

H/T: kbtx.com

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