Pets have a great life in state known as 'The Last Frontier', but there are many reasons why you should get pet insurance in Alaska.
A pet in Alaska is going to lead a charmed life, with the state offering some of the most spectacular landscapes and photogenic walks in the country.
Take a dog to the Last Frontier State and they’ll be spoiled for choice. At Fairbanks Dog Park, a specially adapted space for your pet, dogs can run around safely in the fenced-in play spaces, improve their skills in the dog training area, or just run ahead of you as you hike in the 20-acre park.
The state is also home to Gates of the Arctic, the northernmost national park in the US. While the park is a breath-taking day out, the list of animals that call it home – bears, foxes and coyotes, for example – is a good indication that your dog should be insured before you let them off the lead. Breeds like Huskies and Labradors are very inquisitive, potentially causing them harm in these scenarios. It can be costly to treat a dog who has been attacked by a coyote ($4,500) and it can set you back $1,500 to treat a nose bleed.
If you want to come in from the cold (Alaska is, after all, the chilliest state in the country), Tommy’s Burger Stop and Spenard Roadhouse (both in Anchorage, the largest city) come highly recommended as dog-friendly places to eat. And Turnagain Brewing – again in Anchorage – welcomes dogs whose owners need their thirst quenching. Be careful what your dog puts in their mouth though: alcohol is toxic for them, and it can cost up to $5,000 to treat poisoning in dogs.
Run-of-the-mill exercise and over-excitement can take a strain on an animal who wants to dash about in trails like Diamond Creek or Winner Creek; do your best to make sure that you avoid paying more than you have to for things like muscle spasms ($1,500), arthritis ($2,500 in a worst-case scenario), or paw inflammation (up to $2,000 if surgery is required). These stunning trails are close to water, so make sure that your pooch is never in danger of getting out of their depth – treating a dog who has almost drowned can cost $9,000.
“Although lots of exercise is fun for your pup, it could cause muscle spasms which could cost $1,500 to treat”
As far as dog-friendly beaches go, Bishops Beach in Homer has the kind of flat sand that your pet will love sprinting along. It is far from the only beach at which your dog would be welcome. Just make sure, when you go, to be vigilant; while it may be less likely in Alaska, heatstroke in a dog can cost $5,000 to treat. Without any shade, running around all the time, your dog will be vulnerable. Your dog may not be covered but you should be.
Of course, all dogs must be licensed in Alaska and all adopted dogs and cats must wear a micro-chip in order to be identified. The Last Frontier State looks after its animals; Alaska was the first state to consider the wellbeing of pets in divorce cases.
Why get pet insurance at all?
At Petted, we sincerely believe that pet insurance is a must for all pet parents, whether you live in New York, North Carolina or Nebraska. It doesn’t matter if you’re a city- or country-dweller, if you have a Bull Mastiff or a Burmese, your beloved pet is at risk from injury, illness and inherited conditions – and these things can cost a lot of money to fix.
If you don’t have a very large savings account then you run the risk of either getting into a ton of debt (we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars in some cases) or – and we hate to think about this – not being able to pay for your pet’s treatment and having to either give them up or, tragically, have them euthanized.
So, for the sake of a few dollars a month, please buy yourself some peace of mind and your pet a healthier, more secure future. To find the best pet insurance policy for where you live, click here. We'll fetch you the perfect quotes in less than a minute.
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