Accidental Injuries Due to Pets
Injuries resulting from losing one’s balance from trying to avoid stepping on your cat. Falling over your dog on an afternoon walk. Slipping on a chew toy in the hallway. These accidents are much more common than you might expect.
A recent report published in the CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report in March highlights a heretofore uncompiled data from medical reports filed at 66 different hospitals from 2001 to 2006. This collection of personal injury accounts from all across America indicates that we’re surprisingly likely to injure ourselves because of our four-legged companions. Further, the data clearly shows that seniors are particularly likely to break a bone due to such mishaps.
The researcher who penned the study, Dr. Judy Stevens, suggested that the importance of training cannot be understressed in the prevention of such accidents.
We would suggest that the adage, “look both ways before crossing the street” should probably be emended to “look both ways – and down – before crossing your living room”.