Puppy ‘saved owner’s life’ by chewing his big toe ‘to the bone’

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A Cambridge man has described how he woke up to find his pet puppy had chewed his big toe down to the bone.

Retired builder David Lindsay, 64, was awoken by a scream from his wife as he lay on the sofa.

His right big toe had been fractured by his seven-month-old bulldog puppy, Harley, with the toenail hanging off.

The ghastly incident turned out to be a potential life-saver, however, as doctors later discovered he couldn’t feel his feet because of two blocked arteries in his legs.

Despite the incident, David, a father and grandfather, has no plans to get rid of the naughty pet.

David, who has diabetes, said: “I was asleep on the couch when my wife walked in and shouted, ‘Dave, the puppy’s chewing your toe!

“My puppy had near enough chewed my big toe off! It chewed down to the bone and cracked it.”

He added: “But because of all this, I discovered that my foot is completely numb, I can’t feel anything.”

His wife wrapped up the toe and took him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he has been for nine days.

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David has been put on intravenous antibiotics to stop an infection caused by the dog bite from spreading to his bone.

But because of the severe mauling, he discovered he couldn’t feel his foot.

During CT scans of the fractured toe, doctors discovered two blocked arteries.

The blockages could have put his whole leg in danger of amputation if the blood supply wasn’t returned.

Thanks to his pup, Dave is now being assessed for stents to open up the arteries and allow the blood flow to return to his leg.

David said: “You’ve got to laugh about it, he’s done me a favour by chewing my toe.

“So I’m waiting to find out if they can put stents in. I’ll be keeping the dog.

“I’ll try to keep my toe too, but if not I told the doctor to cut it off and I can take it home for him!”

David hopes to go home to his wife and naughty bulldog by the end of the week.

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