Dog walking sending elderly to emergency room

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Everyone knows not to let small children hold the leash while walking strong dogs but watch out for grandma, too.

The number of older people injuring themselves while walking dogs is skyrocketing.

According to a new study in the surgery edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, bone fractures from such incidents more than doubled during a 13 year period.

In 2004 about 1700 people 65 or older visited emergency rooms with fractures after falling while walking a dog.

In 2017, that number was almost 4400.

Women need to be especially careful because they are at higher risk for bone disease.

Walking a dog can still be a great source of exercise.

Experts say older dog owners should take special care to train their best friends or choose smaller breeds.