“Beware of the dog” might need to take on a new meaning when it comes to injuries. It turns out that dogs and cats — but dogs especially — are involved in 1% of the 8 million falls that send people to emergency rooms nationwide.
That may seem to be a small number, it still means that every day about 240 people go to emergency rooms nationwide for injuries from falls involving dogs and cats, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report.
Falls are dangerous.
I never could have guessed that unless a study like this told me. So, which are more tripable, dogs or cats?
Eighty-eight percent of owners tripped over dogs but only 11.7% tripped over their cats. No information about which dog breed were involved in these accidents was available.
But what about ferrets? Goldfish? Monkeys??? No data? I smell a federal grant money opportunity! Ain’t nothin’ like taxpayer money being spent wisely for important research!
In other CDC news, turns out that seemingly groundbreaking report on the relation between beer pong and herpes was a hoax. Whew!