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Chagus Disease

Named after Dr. Carlos Chagas, a Brazilian physician, in the year 1909, Chagas (SHA-gus) disease is extremely dangerous to both humans and pets, primarily dogs.  In parts of Latin America it is known as the silent killer because it can lie dormant for many years.  It is, however, recognized as the deadliest parasitic disease in Central and South America.  South of the border, this deadly parasite is credited with infecting almost one million people annually in addition to animals. Here is some information that may help you understand the potential threat Chagas disease poses.

This disease and the "kissing bug" are prevalent in the southern United States.

How Chagas disease is spread

This illness is contracted primarily through the bite of “kissing bugs,” known also as assassin bugs or triatomines.  They feed on the blood of vertebrates.  Through the bite of this bug is transmitted a parasitic micro-organism that causes the disease.  Additionally, some animals may become infected by eating these bugs.

The kissing bug is a nocturnal creature, so it can be difficult to find.  During daylight hours it will hide in cracks and crevices of buildings or in forested areas.  When it emerges at night, it will seek for its meal of blood, often finding it on the exposed face of its victim — thus, the name kissing bug.  As it feeds it defecates.  The feces are contaminated with the infectious parasite that causes Chagas disease.  When the victim scratches the bite, the parasite may enter the blood stream and begin its slow and deadly work.  Or, the feces may be rubbed into soft tissue areas such as eyes, lips and nose allowing the microbe into the blood stream.

Additionally, a dog may pick up the disease if it eats the feces of another infected animal such as a raccoon, opossum and armadillo.  Also, the ingestion of smaller infected animals will expose the eater.  Blood transfusions may be another source of infection if the donor’s blood is contaminated with the parasite.

For more information please search the internet and check with your veterinarian. CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR MORE INFORMATION. All adoptions require an approved adoption application, a home visit by a BCR/TX representative, veterinary references and a $200.00 adoption fee.


Who We Are

Border Collie Rescue/Texas, a non-profit organization, is a group of volunteers mainly scattered throughout Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Wichita Falls) and Southwest Louisiana area (Lake Charles). A few members are now located in other states and continue to offer valuable support. We work tirelessly to assure our dogs get the veterinary care they need by raising funds and keeping abreast of medical and training issues to better enable us to work with our dogs and place them in homes where they will flourish. Most of our dogs come from shelters near the foster homes and foster space is almost always filled up. Our volunteers work closely together to maintain an excellent support system to foster homes and adopters. Our $200.00 adoption fee covers all recommended vaccinations, hip x-rays to screen for hip dysplasia, spaying/neutering, micro chipping, and any other medical care they may need, which often includes expensive heartworm treatment. Our commitment to the dogs is shown in the request for an approved adoption application, checks on all veterinary references, and a home visit done by one of the members. The home visit generally limits our adoptions to the Texas and South Louisiana areas and is a valuable part of the adoption process. The adoption fee rarely covers the full cost of medical care for the dog while it is in the foster program. Donations are always gratefully accepted. Border collies are an extremely active breed, bred to work all day. As puppies they can easily get into trouble when they try to herd children by nipping and biting at legs to move " the herd" in the direction the puppy thinks "the herd" needs to go. Most border collies carry this herding instinct even if their parents and grandparents were not used for this type of work. Border collies are not a dog to leave outside without attention or to allow to run loose. They require an owner that is active, willing to work with a border collie, and enjoys spending time with a dog that is smarter, is definitely faster , and has more energy, than you will ever imagine. If you are interested in more information on one of the dogs listed, please go to our website at / If you do not see a border collie to fit your family, please check out nearby shelters , rescue organizations, and humane societies. There are hundreds of border collies in need of good homes.

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La Porte, TX 77572

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