Some Kissing Bugs Carry A Rare Parasite That Gives Dogs Chagas Disease And Can Cause Heart Failure

While kissing bugs may sound cute and appear tiny, they can have devastating consequences for the animals they bite. In fact, at one point in 2015, it was feared that the insects would kill hundreds of dogs throughout Texas. As a result, then, owners in the state were asked to be mindful of some potentially deadly symptoms.

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In 2011 Kiska the Japanese Spitz lived in Plano, Texas, with her owner Cora Fortin. At the time, the dog was just three years old and apparently in perfect health. But, unfortunately, Kiska’s luck was about to change.

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