Poll Results: Has Your Pet Ever Hurt You?

Recently we asked pet lovers this question – Has your dog ever hurt you?

The question came up when Dr. Debra told us about a woman who said her dog pulled the leash so forcefully that it injured her shoulder. The more we discussed this letter, the more we began how common it was for people to actually be injured by their dogs.

We think these types of safety issues need to be considered by all dog owners and by anyone who is thinking about getting a dog. That’s why we want to talk about them today – not to scare you, but to educate you. The more we know about these common injuries, the more prepared we are to prevent them.

So, has your dog ever hurt you? What we learned from our poll is that these types of injuries happen more often than you might think – 91% of dog owners who responded to our poll have been hurt by their dogs at some time! That’s a pretty amazing statistic.

The most common danger reported in the poll is falling. Dogs get under your feet causing you to trip or fall – which becomes even more dangerous when it occurs near stairs. When dogs are placed on a leash they can pull and knock you off balance, causing a fall. Over 49% of dog lovers said their dog had either tripped them or caused them to fall.

Approximately 18% report being bitten by their dog, which a much higher number than we would have expected. Another 15% of dog owners were injured when their dogs tugged and pulled on their leash. Other injuries were also reported (see below).

So, what can you do to prevent dog-related injuries? Here are some tips.

Tips to Prevent Being Injured by a Dog

These dog lovers told us about severe bites, car accidents and other injuries Here are their stories.

Stories from Dog Lovers Whose Dogs Have Hurt Them