A new study in the United States has warned that there are a number of potential problems in owning pets for people with diabetes, and recommended that your hands and feet should not be exposed when you are asleep to stop pets from nibbling toes or licking a wound .
The research, which was published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Associatio, found that a woman who suffered from diabetic neuropathy and diabetes-related numbness in her extremities had part of an infected toe chewed off by her Jack Russell dog, and was not aware of it until she woke up in the morning.
The findings have prompted the scientists to warn of the importance of checking on new injuries and related threats posed by pets. Author of the study, Lee C. Rogers, commented “Pets have a tendency to lick wounds, and that simple lick can turn into a bite, if there is no response from the owner.”
He added “This case illustrates the perils of pet ownership in diabetic patients who have numbness in their hands or feet caused by neuropathy. People with diabetes and neuropathy must take special precautions to protect their feet from infections to avoid amputations and other complications.”

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