Pets Are Cause of Many Falls

by michellerogers on June 5, 2009

Some 235 people end up in the emergency room each day with injuries caused by a fall involving a dog or cat.  This amounts to about 86,000 people a year, or 1 percent of the 8 million injured annually in falls.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at data from 2001 to 2006 and found about 88 percent of these falls involved dogs, and women were twice as likely to be hurt as men. While fractures were more common among the elderly, most of the people injured were under 14 or between 35 and 54.

 “People should be aware that pets are wonderful companions,” said Judy A. Stevens, an epidemiologist with the CDC and co-author of the study. “But they can also be a fall hazard. Keep pet items out of the way and consider obedience training for dogs to prevent behavior that can cause falls.”

Compliments of Home Instead Senior Care, www.homeinstead.com/mountainviewca

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