The number of seniors injuring themselves while walking dogs is skyrocketing, University of Pennsylvania researchers say.
In 2004, about 1,700 people 65 or older visited emergency rooms with fractures after falling while walking a dog, the study said.
In 2017, that number was almost 4,400. Women need to be especially careful because they are at higher risk for bone disease, the study said.
Walking a dog can still be a great source of exercise, but experts say older dog owners should take special care to train their best friends or choose smaller breeds.
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