As an owner, you run a huge risk of health damage and injuries if you hold your dog's leash incorrectly. Surgeons in Great Britain are warning dog owners of serious burns, lacerations, dislocations, broken bones and damage to ligaments.
Do you walk your dog on a leash and do you twist the dog's wrists, hands or fingers? Attention! This can cause serious damage to your hands, bones and/or joints! In just one year, a hospital in Cornwall, Great Britain, treated as many as 30 patients who suffered serious hand injuries because they held their dog's leash incorrectly.
Keep your dog firmly on the leash
Here they warn dog owners that the injuries to the hand are very serious and in several cases rehabilitation is required for up to a year. To avoid these problems and costs, the British Society for the Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) explains what dog owners should pay attention to.
- It is strongly discouraged to wrap the leash around wrists, hands or fingers
- Retractable lines and flexi lines are not recommended in the city. Preferably use them in larger open spaces. The leashes can get stuck around your legs or your dog's paws with unpleasant consequences
- For larger dogs it is best to use a short leash. This allows the dogs to quickly build up high speed and generate enormous power
Don't be too afraid, walking with the dog always has more health benefits than disadvantages. Paying extra attention to how to hold the leash is not an unnecessary luxury.