Pets such as dogs and cats can be amazing companions especially as we grow older. As our children leave our home, pets become great companions and provide us with attention and love as we do the same for them. However, pets can cause serious injury and with people over the age of 50 being 60% more likely to fall in the home we must do everything possible to minimise the chance of a trip or fall.
Today we will look at some of the things that can be done to minimise your chance of a trip or fall when you have pets around your home and we will also look at some of the things that can be done to protect you if the worst is to happen.
Know your pet
Knowing your pet and their habits are going to help you minimise the chance of a trip or fall at home. If your pet gets excited when someone knocks on the door and if they run wild in your home you should aim to keep out of their way until they calm down.
Excited pets can be dangerous as they often aren’t thinking of anything else than seeing who is behind the door and often stronger dog breeds will run through you without even looking which will knock you off your feet and cause injury.
Knowing your pets’ habits will allow you to adapt to them so you both can keep safe and over time you may be able to get your pet out of this habit.
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Train your pet
Taking your pet to classes is a great way to make them home friendly in the first place but sometimes people don’t have the time to do this. If you are noticing your pet is erratic and could cause you damage then taking them to obedience training is recommended.
Dogs can be trained quickly and a few hours of training could save you from a nasty injury. It also gives you time to bond with your pet and a well-behaved pet is not only safer but is also more fun to be around.
To find pet training places in your town you can ask your local vet, look on Facebook or even Google something along the lines of “dog trainers near me”.
Training a dog isn’t expensive and it’s well worth the investment anyway as it keeps you and your family members safe and it will also keep your dog safe when out walking too.
Take them for walks
Excited dogs or pets that have too much energy may simply need to go for a walk to burn off some of that energy. If you have a dog breed that must be walked every day then be sure to do so otherwise they could have too much energy within your home which could cause you to trip or fall.
Not taking your dog for the recommended exercise levels is also cruel and will cause them to become bored in your home which could result in unwanted behaviour such as them chewing on your furniture.
Rehome them if necessary
Rehoming a pet is always difficult and it’s not something I would recommend unless you can no longer meet the needs of the pet and they can be dangerous to you. If you feel you can’t walk your pet or care for their needs as much as before due to your age or other limitations you should consider rehoming them.
Rehoming a pet can be a sad experience but in the long term it could save you from a nasty trip or fall and it could give your pet a chance to be with someone who can meet their needs.
Wear the right footwear
Wearing the right footwear is going to help you with falling when walking your pets or when they are at home. Having the right footwear is going to stop you from tripping and falling so be sure to get the right footwear for you.
You don’t need anything too expensive, just footwear that has a good grip in all weather conditions and you could go for something that protects your ankle too. This ankle protection will help you if you were ever to twist your ankle so you don’t end up spraining it or worse.
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Above we mentioned rehoming your dog, but there is another way if it’s within your budget and that is to hire help. Dog walkers for example are available in most towns and cities and they can help you with not only walking your dog but looking after them too. Dog walkers often look after other pets as well so don’t be frightened to ask them if they can help with feeding your cats or any other pets you may have.
What to do if you do fall
Unfortunately, all of us can fall and if you are in the vulnerable category you should have a plan in place. For the elderly, there are personal fall devices that can be used to let others know you have fallen down. If you do have pets and are elderly they are worth investing in as a fall can sometimes leave you confused and panicked. A fall device only requires you to push a button and others will be alerted and will come to you.
If you aren’t in the vulnerable category you should still carry a mobile phone around with you so that you can call someone if you were to fall over your pets.