Pets have a great life in the Peach State but there are many reasons why you should get pet insurance in Georgia
Embrace the southern charm and warm climate of Georgia with your pet companion. Marvel at impressive scenery including the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Georgia, and beautiful expanses of water such as Lake Allatoona, Lake Lanier and Lake Oconee. But remember, whether living or visiting, it's smart to get pet insurance in Georgia.
Into the wild
Over 50% of residents in Georgia are pet parents, which might be down to the lower cost of living and huge range of spaces available for walking the dog, including Jekyll Island Beach and Red Top Mountain State Park. But as veterinary care can still be expensive and feel out of reach for some, there are animal welfare services in Georgia which may be able to help. Elderly Atlanta residents can seek the assistance of PALS and pet parents in Muscogee County can reach out to Affordable Veterinary Services.
It’s worth taking out a comprehensive pet insurance policy if you’re living in Georgia, as there’s a host of local wildlife which can pose a threat to your pets. Curious cats may encounter snakes on their travels and adventurous hounds who enjoy forest walks, such a German Shepherds, could come face-to-face with raccoons, coyotes and even black bears. Snake bites or injuries sustained by a coyote attack could cost you over $6,000 depending on the severity.
The heat is on
Another thing to consider is that Georgia’s temperature during Summer can reach up to a scorching 90°F. The chance of heatstroke is very high so look out for symptoms such as excessive panting, foaming at the mouth and skin that feels hot to the touch. Heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburn can cost around $5,000 to treat, so a comprehensive pet plan can not only save you money but could also save your pet’s life.
“Heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburn can cost around $5,000 to treat”
The cities of Georgia may have a hotter average temperature due to man-made structures and materials absorbing the heat so be wary of taking your dog for a walk in the heat if you want to avoid damage to their paws. However, there are plenty of air-conditioned hotels and restaurants where you can take your dog for some respite from the sun. Try the Kimpton Brice Hotel in Savannah, a city with lots of dog-friendly options, or the Artmore Hotel in Atlanta. There are also over 2,000 pet-friendly restaurants across Georgia like Harvest on Main in Blue Ridge and Marshside Grill in Brunswick.
Dog laws in Georgia
So, whether you’re a city dweller or a nature lover, there’s hundreds of activities and locations for you and your pet to enjoy in Georgia. It’s worth taking note of the Responsible Pet Ownership Law, even if you’re just popping by for a visit, which requires dogs classified as vicious to be registered with municipal animal services. It’s also best practice to keep your dog on a leash until you reach a dog park. Tethering your dog outside in the heat while unattended is illegal across several counties in Georgia.
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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