Pet Study: Owners More Susceptible To Injuries From Pet

Studies have shown owning a pet can have a positive impact on your health, but the most recent data find there could be a price to pay!

Statistics from the CDC show over 86,000 people go to the ER every year for falls linked to owning a cat or dog. That's 240 people a day!

Most of the cases were were among dog owners. 26 percent occurred while walking the dog, 21 percent were a result of being pushed or pulled. There were also reports of tripping over dog items.

Most of the injuries involving cats happened while the owner was chasing their pet, or when they tripped over it.

Females were two times more likely to be injured than males. The highest rate of severe injuries took place in people over age 75. The most common diagnosis was fracture.

An estimated 43 million households owned dogs in 2006, 37.5 million owned cats.


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