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Dog Chews Off Diabetic Woman’s Toe

Published on July 4, 2011 by   ·   No Comments
In a case study that illustrates the need for people with diabetes to be cautious of foot injuries and to protect themselves from pets, a woman with numbness in her feet caused by diabetic neuropathy slept through a traumatic episode in which her Jack Russell terrier chewed off part of her slightly infected big toe, according to an article published in this month's issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 

The patient's wound required surgery, and it ultimately led the amputation of her leg, leaving her a double amputee. 

The case study, co-authored by Valley Presbyterian Hospital specialist Lee C. Rogers, D.P.M., is only the second of its kind to be published in the medical literature, although more cases like it have been reported in the media.  This case highlights the need for diabetic patients with neuropathy to avoid having their feet or wounds exposed when sleeping with their pets. 

"Pets have a tendency to lick wounds, and that simple lick can turn into a bite, if there is no response from the owner. There have also been reports

Source: DogMagazine.net – the K9 Magazine blog

Dog Chews Off Diabetic Woman’s Toe

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