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Traumatic Digital Amputations of the Foot Inflicted by Pet Cat upon Individual with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

William Hoffman Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Podiatric Surgery, Livingston, NJ. Dr. Hoffman is now in private practice, Ocean County Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates, Toms River, NJ. Dr. Donovan is also in private practice, Innovative Foot and Ankle, Kenilworth, NJ.

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Kenneth Donovan Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Podiatric Surgery, Livingston, NJ. Dr. Hoffman is now in private practice, Ocean County Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates, Toms River, NJ. Dr. Donovan is also in private practice, Innovative Foot and Ankle, Kenilworth, NJ.

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Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a common cause of many lower-extremity complications. This case study illustrates the potential perils of pet ownership associated with diabetes and neuropathy. The case describes an incident resulting in traumatic digital amputations inflicted by a patient’s pet feline while she was sleeping. In presenting this case, the potential risks of pet ownership for patients with DPN are discussed along with a review of the relevant literature. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 103(5): 441–444, 2013)

Corresponding author: William Hoffman, DPM, Saint Barnabas Medical Center PGY-2 Podiatric Surgery 94 Old Short Hills Road Livingston, NJ 07039. (E-mail: whoffmandpm@gmail.com)