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Dock Risks

Most of the concern over accidents, injuries, and illness on a cruise all relate to the cruise itself. The most famous examples of incidents involving cruises are those that involve food poisoning or the cruise ship crashing into something. It is likely that being attacked by pirates would rank as a higher suspected risk for cruise-goers than one of the much more common incident-causers: the dock.

The truth is, the dock is one of the places people injure themselves most when part of a cruise. According to Louis A. Vucci, P.A., these accidents can be quite serious. Common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and knee injuries.

A few important points should be made here. First, as Louis A. Vucci, P.A. states on its page, if these accidents have already occurred to you or someone you know, you should contact a lawyer about them, since you may be entitled to compensation. It is likely the injury was not entirely your fault (or the fault of the injured person you know), and there is no reason you should be required to pay those medical bills.

A second point is that these injuries often disproportionately affect the elderly. This makes sense, after all, the elderly are among the largest client base for cruises, so it might be expected for them to injure themselves more often. At the same time, with muscles, bones, and reflexes weakened by age, the elderly are more likely to fall and when they fall, they are more likely to injure themselves seriously.

Finally, the best possible solution for these issues is simply to be careful in the first place. Be more aware of the risks on a dock, and it is far more likely no injury will occur. Docks can be slippery and uneven, which makes them a serious risk (no matter your age) for falling or slipping. Some docks are also unsteady, furthering the risk.

To avoid any accidents, follow these pieces of advice to protect yourself and others when getting on or off a cruise:

Always use a handrail when on a dock. This may seem ridiculous, but having a grip on something can help avoid falling and help minimize injuries when falls occur.

Wear shoes that have a strong grip. It can be comfortable to go barefoot or wear flip flops but stick with tennis shoes.

Walk instead of running. Keep this in mind for children, who are sure to be excited and not paying attention.

And watch out for wet spots.

Following these simple rules will help you avoid getting injured on a dock and will ensure your vacation is as relaxing and carefree as you had been hoping it would be. Remember that the best part of your trip is on the ship, and if you want to enjoy it fully, all you have to do is get over that risky dock. Be careful, and you’re sure to arrive safely onboard and ready for fun.

Stop Boarding Your Pets

Almost every pet owner has run across the tough dilemma of what to do when you have to go away. Most of us have at some point or another had to go out of town. Maybe it was for a vacation, maybe a business trip, maybe to visit family. No matter the case, in all likelihood, the pets have to remain behind. So, what are we supposed to do?

The easiest answer is to have friends or family pet sit. Ideally, it would be people who have spent some time with the pets and who already have a relationship with the pets. This can remove some of the stress of pets being left alone without their owners.

However, sometimes that option isn’t available, and unfortunately, the next choice for many people is to board their pets.

This, on the surface, makes sense. Boarders are professionals, and if they have been around for a while and have a good reputation, very likely, they know how to take care of your pet. However, there are a lot of negatives to consider.

First and foremost, it’s hard on your pets. Think about it from their perspective: their masters have gone away. They don’t know why or where they are and they don’t know how long their masters will be gone. If this is your first time going away, they may be unsure if you will ever return. Imagine how hard that is on them.

Then, imagine the added stress of being taken away themselves, being put in an unfamiliar location, with unfamiliar people, surrounded by other pets they’ve never known, in a place that is loud and smells completely different. Their food is different. Their relationship with other people is different. If there’s another pet in the home, they may not see them, adding even more stress.

It’s not just this psychological worry that makes it better to avoid boarding, according to Walk ATX Pet Care, boarding is more emotionally stressful and harmful to a pet’s health than staying home.

So, what is the best option if boarding is out and friends and family are unavailable? Well, use a service that comes to the home to visit the pets. These services are as professional and knowledgeable as boarders, with the added bonus of letting pets stay in the home and stay together.

Obviously, there are no perfect options when leaving a pet. It’s often the worst part of any trip saying goodbye for the day, week, or month. It’s clear the pets sense something is wrong, and yet, you can’t explain that you’ll be back soon.

It’s heartbreaking to go, but we still have to do it, whether it’s for work, family, or just a chance to relax. The best we can do is make life as easy as possible for our furry friends. That means keeping them in the environment they know and around other pets they know. The more you can keep familiar with them, the easier their time will be.