Pets and Injuries
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pets can bring joy and companionship to a family. But they are also responsible for thousands of accidental injuries, many requiring a trip to the Emergency Room. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at pets and injuries in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Tens of thousands of people trip over their dogs and cats every year, causing broken bones or other nonfatal fall injuries.

Fall injuries serious enough for treatment in emergency rooms averaged nearly 87,000 per year in the U.S. from 2001 to 2006, almost 88 percent of them caused by dogs, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC says its estimates were determined by using U.S. Census Bureau data and 7,500 actual pet incidents recorded by emergency departments.

It is likely that the estimated number of annual emergency room visits is low because many people donít seek treatment after injuring themselves in accidents involving their pets.

Women are two times more likely than men to be injured because of their pets and dogs are responsible for 7 Ĺ times as many injuries as cats.

The CDC called for increased awareness that pets can cause falls, and encouraged obedience training for dogs to help control behaviors that can lead to fall injuries.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.