According to a CNN article, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year 86,000 injuries are caused by their pets. Estimates were based on data collected from 66 emergency rooms. Judy Stevens, epidemiologist with the CDC, says:
"Many of them occurred while people were walking their dog or chasing either their dog or cat. Over half the injuries with dogs were either falls or tripping over the pet or they were pushed or pulled by the pet."
The CDC also estimates that about 9 percent of the falls are because of tripping over a food bowl or toy. CNN offers the following advice:
Medical and veterinary experts had this advice for avoiding pet collisions:
Put your animal in another room or different area of the house before carrying groceries or heavy things into the house. This will protect both the animal and human, so the dog or cat won't knock you off balance, and you will avoid stepping on an animal while distracted.
Keep stairs and hallways clear of clutter.
If you get up frequently in the dark, use night-lights so your path is lighted and you can see your pet. Also consider removing the animal from the bedroom to prevent stepping on it.