Queen’s corgis could pose a ‘hidden’ health hazard at Platinum Jubilee, an expert warns

A warning to pet owners has been issued ahead of the Queen’s platinum anniversary weekend – experts claim small pets can increase the risk of falls in frail older adults

The Queen with one of her precious corgis
The Queen with one of her precious corgis

The Queen’s corgis could pose a hidden health risk ahead of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, according to a risk expert.

According to home security expert Louise Yasities of the falls prevention team, small pets like corgis are a major tripping hazard for frail older adults. Watch after.

One in two adults over the age of 80 will fall at least once this year.

As Her Majesty celebrates her 96th birthday this year, falls pose a significant risk to her health and mobility.

For older adults with mobility issues, pets can increase the risk of falls by blocking your path, walking under your feet, or moving objects around the home and creating tripping hazards – such as B. Food and water bowls.

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Queen Elizabeth II of England at Balmoral Castle with one of her corgis, September 28, 1952
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As Her Majesty recently used a walking stick to aid in her mobility during a public appearance, it is important for Buckingham Palace to reduce the risk of falls to avoid compromising Her Majesty’s mobility.

Louise Yasities said: “Her Majesty has long been a proud Corgi owner and her beloved pets are a firm favorite with the media, but these small pets can pose an accident risk for older adults with mobility issues.

“The data shows that about half of people over 80 will experience a fall this year, and that older adults who are classified as frail are more than three times more likely to experience a fall than those who are not.

“30 to 50 percent of falls are due to environmental causes such as poor lighting, slippery floors and obstacles on trails. Small pets can get caught underfoot by their owners, increasing the risk of falls in frail older adults.

“Pets like corgis can be the source of a variety of fall hazards around the home, from moving their food and water bowls to running off your feet and tripping, especially at night when it’s dark.

“However, that doesn’t mean older adults can’t enjoy the joys of having a pet. Simple adjustments can be made to reduce the risk of falls around pets.

“The Queen’s corgis are often photographed without collars, but a simple collar with a bell on it helps everyone know where the corgis are at all times so they don’t startle anyone and cause them to trip or fall.

“This is especially helpful at night and is good for older adults who are startled at night thinking the noise their pet is making is an intruder.

“Ensuring that food and water bowls are secured to a surface is also a good way to ensure they don’t get moved by the dogs and left on sidewalks.

“Any spills or messes caused by the dogs should be cleaned up quickly to avoid the risk of slips and falls, and trip hazards such as toys or balls should be cleared away as soon as possible.

“Pets are wonderful additions to families and provide companionship for many older adults. With a few simple fixes, the risk of accidents and falls around pets can be reduced, allowing pet owners to focus on enjoying their pets.”

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