Sunday, March 29, 2009

Study: Tripping over dogs sends thousands to ER

Watch your feet! According to a story in the New York Times, dogs and cats cause over 86,000 falls each year that require a trip to the emergency room. Apparently the CDC just started studying this and as much as we love them, dogs lead to many more accidental injuries than cats.

That translates into about 240 people who are treated for injuries caused by pets every single day in the United States, the study found.

Cats are involved in some of the falls, but dogs — man’s best friend — are the real culprits, responsible for seven times as many injuries as cats, often while they’re being walked, the report found.

As we all know, dogs offer many benefits health wise but older dog owners should be careful. Broken bones among the elderly can lead to health risks that some younger dog owners don't have to worry about.

“We wanted to people to realize that while pets have many benefits, health-wise and emotionally, they can also be a fall hazard,” said Dr. Stevens, who added that obedience training may help. The study appears this week in the agency’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report.

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