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It once common sense to that having and walking a dog was good for older people. Dogs are great companions and a healthy excuse to for a walk and a bit of exercise. However, new research shows that taking the dog for a walk can its downsides for seniors. A report in the American medical journal 'JAMA Surgery' says injuries among seniors related to dog-walking are increasingly prevalent. From 2004 to 2017, researchers that there were over 32,000 cases of people in the USA aged 65 and over suffering fractures attributed to walking their dog. Some of the injuries were serious and required the senior to emergency surgery.

The researchers the elderly to consider the possible dangers to owning and walking a dog. They said: "For older adults - especially those living alone and with decreased bone mineral density - the risks with walking leashed dogs merit consideration." They : "Even one injury could in a potentially lethal hip fracture, lifelong complications, or the loss of their independence." Lead researcher Dr Jaimo Ahn what he as a "small person/big dog" scenario for many of the accidents. He said a dog is sometimes with its owner's inability and strength to it. One elderly dog owner : "Old people need dogs. We our soul mates."

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