Dog ate owner’s infected foot as he slept

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, March 4, 2011 12:03 EDT
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An unnamed diabetic man is in serious condition after his dog ate part of his apparently infected foot while he slept.

The 61-year-old man, who had no feeling in his feet because of his condition, woke up on his couch with part of his foot — including three toes — missing. Veterinarians say the dog doesn’t need to be put down, as its instinctual for them to eat dead and infected tissue as a way to prevent a larger infection.

Just last August, a Michigan man’s terrier ate his infected toe while he was passed out, saving his life and leading to the discovery that the man is diabetic.

Watch the video from the Associated Press below.

[Photo via Jason Crane, Creative Commons licensed]

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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