You’ve probably seen it a thousand times: a dog at the end of its leash, dragging its hapless owner down the street. It’s not just annoying to dog and owner, but dangerous, according to a new study.
The study in “JAMA Surgery” is raising awareness of the risks of dog-walking. Researchers on this first study of its kind found an uptick in the number of fractures associated with walking leashed dogs for older Americans, the study’s co-author, Kevin Pirruccio, MD candidate at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, told NBC News BETTER. Most of the injuries are to the hip and upper extremities and are happening most often among women. Thirty percent require hospitalization.
So what can you do to be safe while walking with your dog?
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