Wednesday, September 14, 2011

For People With Diabetes, Pets May Pose Unusual Hazards

(HealthDay News) -- Pet owners are familiar with cats pouncing on their feet under the covers or a pooch who nibbles their toes in bed.

But if you have diabetes, this lighthearted play is off-limits: Your feet and hands should not be exposed when sleeping with a pet.

In the second case of its type reported in a medical journal, a woman plagued by diabetes-related numbness in her feet ended up losing her leg after a pet dog chewed on her infected toe while she slept.

Researchers said that the traumatic incident underscores how critical it is that people with diabetes monitor the onset of injuries and related threats posed by 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," study author Lee C. Rogers, associate director of Valley Presbyterian Hospital's Amputation Prevention Center in Van Nuys, Calif., explained in a hospital news release. Read more...

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