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Do Tell: Have You Been Tripped Up by a Pet?

When FitSugar mentioned hearing of people-tripping-over-pets phenomenon, I was intrigued. Released last Friday in a CDC report were some rather shocking statistics – over 86,000 Americans wind up in the ER every year because of falls related to furry friends, with 90 percent dog-related. Ouch!Even though this accounts for just one percent of all emergency room visits that's quite a bit to attribute to four-legged friends across the country.

Twenty-six percent of falls involving dogs occurred while persons were walking them, and the most frequent circumstances were falling or tripping over a dog (31.3 percent) and being pushed or pulled by a dog (21.2 percent). Falling over a pet item (e.g., a toy or food bowl) accounted for 8.8 percent of fall injuries. Approximately 38.7 percent involved other or unknown circumstances.

I've definitely gotten tangled up by North's leash, though I've never fallen (knock on proverbial wood). Have you ever tumbled over a pet or pet-related gear?
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popcorn19 popcorn19 6 years
Just today, my pekingese and I were walking through the park and his leash slipped out of my hand and he went sprinting away. I--of course--took off after him, stepping on his leash which yanked him to an immediate halt. Since objects in motion remain in motion, even though he stopped, I kept going and went flying over him. I did get applause from a fellow park-er who complimented my dog stopping skills.
Tsybrant Tsybrant 6 years
Oh not only have I been tripped by my little beauty, I have straight been KNOCKED OVER! We used to take the dogs during the winter, when it would snow to a park by our house at night. We would run from the dogs and then call them from the other side of the park and she would run full speed to get to me, but usually would run into the back of my knees and knock me to the ground! She and my roommate thought that was great fun!
grammiel grammiel 6 years
I made the mistake of taking my two foster dogs (pit bull Bubba and Australian shepherd Emmett) for a walk the evening of July 4th. Just as we were passing a house, the family celebrating in the driveway set off a firecracker! Emmett was OK, but Bubba got scared and tried to run away. They both got tangled around my feet and down I went, right in front of the people. I lost hold of the leashes and the people just laughed, rather than trying to help me get the dogs controlled. I managed to round up both dogs, then had to limp home.
smaine07 smaine07 6 years
I tripped over my late cat many times since he was like my shadow-especially if he was hungry! I haven't had too many problems with my dog, I fell on the stairs twice while walking her, but I don't think she was too much to blame for it, I was just trying to keep up with her! I still have a scar on my knee but it wasn't that serious..
Aphrosette Aphrosette 6 years
Just a few weeks ago, I tripped over my dogs right near a school bus stop. Mind you I was about 30 weeks pregnant at the time and some parents at the bus stop saw it happen, and were running over to me while dialing 911....Thankfully, I fell on my knees and did no serious damage except to my ego!!!
CanuckShuga CanuckShuga 6 years
Yes! I tripped over my cat yesterday. He's 20lbs of solid cat, and I was rushing in the front door and didn't see him crouched behind my boots. Just as I was passing, he lept, I fell and the resulting tangle of fur and flesh that hit the ground left me with a busted up kneecap and him with a squished paw. I think it was his idea of an April Fools joke that went bad. :)
ladyr ladyr 6 years
My worst times were when I was a kid. When I was about 8 or 9, I was playing in the backyard with our dog, June. I called her to me, and she ran right through my legs flipping me over. I broke my arm and had to go to the ER. Another childhood dog, Spencer, caused several nasty falls. One when he got out of the yard. He ran by me, so I tried to grab him and fell on my face. The other time I remember was when I had him on a leash, and we were running down a hill pretty fast. He just slightly bumped into me and I went flying into the pavement. I think I still have a scar on my knee from that one!
witchbaby witchbaby 6 years
I have fallen many times. My dogs like to fall asleep in our dark hallway where no light reaches and my chocolate lab who is HUGE was all spread out and I fell over her and knocked my head into the wall.
alba1 alba1 6 years
I have come very close to tripping over my dog when we jog. He has this habit of trying to run in front of me and it has caused a few close calls. I have definitely tripped over my cat...specially on the stairs, i haven't been seriously hurt thought!
Spiderlove Spiderlove 6 years
With two chihuahuas, the answer to that is a resounding YES!
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
my new puppy is so small she gets under your feet ALL THE TIME. I haven't seriously injured myself yet, but I have fallen and tripped and run into things just so I don't smash her!
psterling psterling 6 years
That border collie in the picture looks just like my Maeby! And yes, she follows me around like my shadow and I've tripped on her more than once but luckily no serious falls.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
Although I have never fallen and hurt myself, sometimes my cats can "get in the way" when trying to get around them. This happens most frequently when they feel they should be fed.
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
"with 90 percent dog-related" I think its because there isn't a huge number of people running with their cats,lol. I was once running with my dog and out of no where she stopped and turn sideways. Since it was a small sidewalk and I didn't want to run into her I kinda threw myself to the side, which essentially meant I threw myself into a tree. Fun. I of course fell after that run-in and my dog sits and licks my face. I just couldn't be angry.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 6 years
at an agility trial this weekend a woman tripped over her dog and fell on teh equipment, knocked herself unconscious, and had to be taken by ambulance to the ER. very scary! i've tripped over my dogs numerous times - luckily my hallway is narrow so i've been able to put my arms out and keep myself upright.
mnp mnp 6 years
Many, many times. Fuji has a habit of running up my leg because he's trying to catch up to me. lol. I haven't been seriously hurt or anything though.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 6 years
Yup. I sprained my foot in the summer. A few weeks after that, I tripped over my dog and tore up my foot worse than it had been in the first place.
tyffi tyffi 6 years
I never tripped over my dog - seriously, it's rather difficult to trip over a Newfy. *lol* But, I tripped over my cat last week which resulted in a torn ligament. Well, the ankle was already sprained... Still, big time fun!
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