Pets and Trip-and-Fall Injuries

Pets can unintentionally cause trip-and-fall injuries. These accidents occur more often than you might think, leading to emergency room visits.

Pets and Injuries

A CDC study revealed that an estimated 86,629 fall injuries associated with cats and dogs occurred in the U.S. each year from 2001 to 2006.

Frequency of Injuries

The most common injuries reported were fractures, bruises, and abrasions, mostly occurring in the extremities.

Common Injuries

Fall injuries can happen anywhere, even at home. Pets waiting for food or excitedly greeting you can cause you to trip and fall.

Injuries at Home

Retractable leashes and dog parks are common causes for outdoor fall injuries. Dogs can change directions abruptly or run into bystanders, causing falls.

Outdoor Injuries

Obedience training can reduce the risk of tripping over a pet. Teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash and stay to one side of you are helpful skills.

Obedience Training

Awareness, risk reduction, and obedience training can prevent accidents.

Preventing Injuries

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