As James Little of Roseburg, Ore., slept last weekend, Cosmo, his Shiba Inu, ate three of his toes.
Little, 61, has diabetes. Out of natural instinct, Cosmo was trying to help him by removing the diseased flesh, Douglas County Animal Control Deputy Lee Bartholomew told the Associated Press.
One of the symptoms of diabetes is numbness in the hands and feet. In a similar case in Michigan last summer, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Kiko chewed off his dog dad Jerry Douthett’s big toe. Douthett didn’t know it at the time, but he had type 2 diabetes with critically high blood sugar levels, so Kiko may have saved his life.
Little is also doing fine. Although Bartholomew told the Associated Press that Cosmo doesn’t appear to be dangerous, Little has decided to give his dog up for adoption.
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