Medical Minute: Dog Lick Leads To Amputation; Bacteria Found In Most Dogs, Cats

Greg Manteufel, 48, has endured more than half a dozen surgeries due to a blood infection caused by a lick on his leg from a dog.

Manteufel has lost portions of both legs and his forearms as a result of what was diagnosed to be a rare blood infection.

Manteufel also lost a portion of his nose.

Capnocytophaga is a bacteria that is commonly fond in the saliva of cats and dogs but almost never leads to illness, according to medical research professionals.

The bacteria is found in up to 74 percent of dogs and up to 57 percent of cats.

That a household pet could potentially transmit a life threatening infection has alarmed many pet owners, but some doctors have claimed there’s no need to get rid of pets due to the unlikelihood of infection.

But that may not be enough assurance for some scared pet owners.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Manteufel, and it has exceeded the target amount.

Manteufel and his wife reportedly had to relocate to a new home to better accommodate his medical situation.

The CDC doesn’t track the number of infections from capnocytophaga.