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Dog Chews Off Toe; Owner Grateful

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A Michigan man says he’s grateful his dog ate most of his toe while he was passed out drunk.

Jerry Douthett of Rockford says his dog, Kiko’s, action helped uncover an undiagnosed diabetic condition and led to treatment that could save his life.

The Grand Rapids Press says the 48-year-old musician knew for a while something was wrong with his foot. He resisted seeking care until giving in to his nurse wife’s pressure one day last month. Before going for an appointment, he went out drinking, then came home and passed out. When he awoke, the terrier was beside him in bed and lots of blood was where his toe used to be.

His wife rushed him to Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus, where doctors found a bone infection and amputated the rest of the toe.

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