DOGS AND BONES
There are lots of good reasons to keep a dog around, including companionship and exercise. But older dog owners, particularly women, need to be cautious about the risk of falling and breaking a bone while walking.
Fewer than 1 percent of fractures among older adults are caused by dog-walking, University of Pennsylvania researchers reported in JAMA Surgery. However, such injuries can be particularly nasty because they’re caused by the dog pulling on the leash, leading the walker to lose balance. Women are particularly susceptible because their bone density is often lower than men’s.
Rather than abandon Fido at a firehouse, consider strength training and obedience training (for you and the dog, respectively).