How Your 4-Legged Friend Can Bring You to All Fours

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

Usually, your pet picks you up and lifts your spirits, but a new study shows they can also bring you down.

According to a recent study in the Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, pets attribute to nearly 87,000 fall–related injuries a year.

The most common injuries are fractures, a close second, contusions and abrasions.

Individuals 75 and older had the highest rate of fracture, something that emergency responders say can be especially dangerous at that age.

Sandy Files with the Roice–Hurst Humane Society says pet safety goes both ways.

She talks to new owners on adoption days, reminding them to be aware of playful but sometimes dangerous antics for elderly folks right down to small children.

She suggests if you have a dog that likes to jump, a great way to train them is by using a squirt bottle full of water to teach them to stay down.

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