VERIFY | Can a Dog Lick Threaten Your Life?

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Hours later, there were bruises all over his body.

A GoFundMe page set up to cover his mounting medical bills said "Greg has held his head high and taking the news like a beast" despite the panic and chaos.

While most dogs carry this bacteria in their saliva, Dr. Munoz-Price said that over 99% of dog owners will never have this issue. The sepsis caused the formation of blood spots that looked like bruises all over his body.


National Center for Biotechnology Information said Capnocytophaga canimorsus can cause "severe sepsis and fatal septic shock, gangrene of the digits or extremities, high-grade bacteremia, meningitis, endocarditis, and eye infections".

If you have one of these conditions and are bitten by a cat or dog, the CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately to describe your animal contact. While it's not usually harmful to human beings, there may be rarest of rare cases when the bacteria can poison the blood.

It is also noted that Capnocytophaga canimorsus is commonly transmitted by dog bites and is life-threatening to those who suffer from alcoholism or asplenia, which refers to the absence of normal spleen function. Within days of being admitted to the hospital while still fighting for his life, Greg first lost both feet, after a second surgery to remove more damage on legs, they amputated thru both Knee caps.


"Why him? Why did this happen to us?".

She told Washington Post that her husband, a dog-lover, had been around eight dogs at the time when he fell ill. "He would touch any dog; he doesn't care".

Greg has been at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for about a month now. He was in good spirits despite having undergone seven surgeries so far, his wife, Dawn Manteufel, told The Associated Press. He has come to terms with what he has lost, and accept the fact that he will now have to live an entirely different life, relying on a power wheelchair. A favorite activity of his was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Another surgery was also scheduled to remove a portion of his hands. To date, his GoFundMe page has raised more than $71,000 of its $100,000 goal, which will help support his family now that Manteufel is no longer able to paint and must eventually relocate to a one-story home he can navigate.


Despite the severity of his illness, Dawn says Manteufel has remained positive, saying "it is what it is, so we have to move forward".

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