Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
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An infection from a dog lick cost a man his limbs

An infection from a dog lick cost a man his limbs

Greg Manteufel's blood pressure dropped and the circulation in his limbs decreased rapidly and doctors were forced to amputate his legs and then his hands, the Post reported.

This bacteria caused the sepsis in Greg's body that has completely changed not only Greg's life but his entire family's as well.

2. Doctors Tried to Save Parts of Greg Manteufel's Limbs, But Eventually Needed to Get More Aggressive with the Amputations Greg Manteufel's family says doctors began the tough job of saving his life by first amputating his feet.

Subsequent testing revealed that Manteufel had contracted an infection from a bacteria identified as capnocytophaga, which is found in dog saliva.

Dawn said that despite the multiple surgeries and long road of rehab ahead, her her husband feels lucky to be alive.

Doctors believe he most likely contracted the bacteria by a lick from his own dog.

Greg Manteufel's wife Dawn has described her husband as a very active person who enjoyed riding his motorcycle.


Septic infections of Capnocytophaga canimorsus from dog saliva are quite rare, despite most dogs and some cats carrying the bacteria in their mouths.

For the past month, Manteufel has been at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He had just undergone a surgery to remove dead tissue and muscle from what is left of his lower extremities.

He's in good spirits, his wife said, aware of what he has lost but at peace that he must now live an entirely different life, sitting in a power wheelchair.

'That's all he kept saying to the doctors - "Take what you need but keep me alive". "There's no negativity from him so far.He said, 'It is what it is, so we have to move forward'".

He may also require nose reconstruction surgery because lack of blood flow caused it to turn black, his wife said. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up and has generated nearly $30,000 as of Wednesday morning.

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.

The chances of contracting this bacteria from a dog are very slim, with more than 99 percent of dog owners never having this issue, according to Munoz-Price.

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