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  Life   Health  01 Aug 2018  Infection triggered by pet licking his legs leaves dog lover without limbs

Infection triggered by pet licking his legs leaves dog lover without limbs

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Aug 1, 2018, 3:55 pm IST
Updated : Aug 1, 2018, 3:55 pm IST

Blood tests revealed that a bacterial pathogen found in saliva of healthy dogs and cats had caused the infection.

The bacteria can be transmitted by biting, licking or even close contact with canines or felines (Photo: AFP)
 The bacteria can be transmitted by biting, licking or even close contact with canines or felines (Photo: AFP)

Every dog lover must be familiar with the affection canines have for their human companions which they express frequently. But every pet owner needs to keep precautions in mind in order to protect themselves from unexpected consequences on their health.

48-year-old Greg Manteufel is a dog lover and never expected that he will lose his limbs after his pet licked him. It all started with flu-like symptoms including fever and vomiting which was followed by bruising on his arms and legs.

 

It was discovered that a life threatening infection had spread to all his limbs and due to muscle and tissue loss they had to be amputated. Blood tests revealed that a bacterial pathogen found in saliva of healthy dogs and cats had caused the infection.

The bacteria can be transmitted by biting, licking or even close contact with canines or felines. Although many people may not show any symptoms of the infection, those with compromised immune systems can face severe illness.

Tags: pets and environment, amputation, health, dog saliva