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.