You know how sometimes you hear about dogs being able to smell cancer on the breath of their people? Well, here’s a dog who appears to have used his impressive sniffer to detect the infected toe of one of his human family members, Michigan man Jerry Douthett. But instead of just sniffing it, Kiko, the little white terrier with brown ears, decided to take matters into his own hands err…teeth. He actually chewed off the infected toe while Jerry “lay in a drunken stupor.”
“It wasn’t an aggressive attack. He pretty much just ate the infection, so he saved my life,” Jerry said. CBS reports that “For months, Jerry Douthett had refused to see a doctor for the festering digit, in spite of his wife’s pleas and her suspicion that he had out of control diabetes. [Then] about two weeks ago the couple went to a bar, where Douthett told the Grand Rapids Press that he drank four or five beers.”
His wife Rosie, a registered nurse (guess medical skills run in the family…) told the paper that “Jerry had had all these Margaritas, so I just let him sleep…But then I heard these screams coming from the bedroom, and he was yelling, ‘My toe’s gone, my toe’s gone!’”
Rosie has also said that “Maybe he thought it was not part of Jerry’s body…that it was a dead animal laying on the bed. But he chewed off the infected part so he knew when to stop, which was great.”
After the impromptu amputation, Jerry “was treated at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids where physicians said he had type 2 diabetes and was suffering from a dangerous toe infection. Surgeons amputated what was left of the digit.”
Looks like ‘man’s best friend’ had the right idea. Knowing for sure now that he’s diabetic, and considering all the circumstances, perhaps not surprisingly, Jerry has given up drinking.