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Features October 2019 Issue

Dog Walking Injuries On the Rise, Especially Among Older People

Whatever the dog walker’s age, talking on the phone while holding the leash is an accident waiting to happen — and not a nice way to spend time with your pets.

Dog Walking Injuries On the Rise, Especially Among Older People

How to keep yourself on your toes.

In the August issue of Your Dog, we discussed that you’re never too old to enjoy sharing your life with a canine companion. But even good things can go awry if proper care is not taken to prevent falls, as was made evident in a report by University of Pennsylvania researchers drawn from nationwide data on dog-walking injuries among the 65-plus set. Injuries sending older dog walkers to emergency rooms rose more than 250 percent in the last 15 years or so, from nearly 1,700 in 2004 to just under 4,400 in 2017. Most of the injuries were said to have been caused by a loss of balance that ensued when a dog pulled too hard or suddenly on the leash.

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