Dog eats man’s toes as he sleeps

This was caught by Tom Zirkel– a pickup from the Huffington Post today. Many of you know that we've had a number of patients of ours who have gone through this. It is forever fascinating how we (people in general– and doctors specifically) are programmed to respond to (treat or seek help for) pain and how the absence of pain can change everything.  As Professor Paul Brand said– it truly is the “Gift that nobody wants”. 

Dog Eats Mans Toes

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A diabetic Oregon man with no feeling in his feet woke up to find his dog had eaten part of his right foot, including three toes.

The Roseburg News-Review reports that the 61-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed by police, was in serious condition after calling 911 at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

The man told emergency responders that he fell asleep on his couch and woke up to find pieces of his foot missing.

Roseburg veterinarian Alan Ross says that the dog may have been trying to rid his owner of dead tissue, and says he may have been attracted to the foot if it were infected or gangrenous.

Ross says the dog doesn't need corrective action because it wasn't “acting out of meanness.

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