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Falls and Pets

Pets are a key member of many households with almost two thirds of Australian households’ owning pets. Pets make wonderful companions, relieve stress, provide a routine, encourage physical activity and offer a sense of safety for their owners.

However, pets can be a falls risk and can quite literally get under our feet!

Here are some quick tips to keep you and your pet/s safe.

  1. Place a bell on your pets’ collar. That way you can hear your pet coming.
  2. Recognise your pet’s habits. For example, if your pet gets overly excited when you get home, have a chair near your front door to sit on and wait for your pet to calm down before moving around your home.
  3. Improve your balance so you are able to respond as needed to your pets movements. Our Move Your Body resources have a variety of tips to help you challenge your strength and balance.
  4. Ensure your pet gets regular exercise. If you are unable to provide your pet with the amount of exercise it needs, consider hiring a dog walker or ask a family or friend for some help.
  5. Remove hazards from around your home to create a safe environment for both you and your pets. Our Home Safety Checklist is a great place to start.


Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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Government of Western Australia Department of Health Injury Matters
Injury Matters acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continuing connection to land, waters and community across Western Australia.