The Ups and Downs of Owning a Pet

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How does owning a pet affect your health? Doctors tell us it's a good news, bad news scenario.

On the up side, pets ward off depression, lower blood pressure and boost immunity. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says pets are responsible for lots of injuries to their owners, nearly 90,000 a year.

Most of the injuries are from falling, which is particularly serious for older adults, who are especially at risk for fractures when they take a tumble.

Dog walking is a major source of the problem. Dogs frequently yanked or pushed their owners to the ground or ran off and caused their owners to fall when chasing them.

And inside, owners trip over their pet, pet toys, or pet dishes.

Experts recommend obedience classes for dogs and remind owners to keep pet toys and dishes away from common walkways inside the house.

They also suggest keeping pets in one place at night to reduce the risk of tripping over your pet in the dark.

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