Getting pet insurance in Maryland is a good choice, because the Free State is a great place to be a pet – and pet parent!
Maryland doesn’t get called ‘America in Miniature’ for no reason. The state’s incredibly varied topography means that you get people skiing on snow-capped mountains in the winter and sunbathing on one of the many small sandy beaches along its 31 miles of coastline.
Walking the walkies
This makes it a dream place to live or visit for pet parents and animals who love the outdoor life. There are dog-friendly parks galore, including some that are a little different. You can take a stroll with your pet along the Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park near Catonsville – one of 1,600 rail-trails, created from a disused railway line, supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The beautiful Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore has 207 acres of walking trails where leashed dogs are welcome.
For a more conventional hike, leashed and curbed pets are welcome on the 120 miles of trails around Gunpowder Falls State Park. But wherever you like to walk, you’d be wise to have pet insurance. All kinds of expensive injuries can occur. A dislocated knee is a horrible condition for any creature and really expensive to treat ($3,000 for a dog, $1,000 for a cat). A cut paw might set you back $1,500 in vet bills. A good pet insurance will cover most of your costs.
Life's a beach
You could also take your pooch to Matapeake Park Dog Beach, where they can run and swim free from their leash. It's good to be careful on a trip to the beach, too. Pets can suffer from sunstroke or dehydration. The water can hold problems: Chesapeake Bay contains three species of jellyfish. These include the lion’s mane jellyfish, which delivers a nasty sting. If your pet gets a bad reaction, it could cost up to $1,800 to treat.
“A jellyfish sting could cost up to $1,800 to treat”
Pets and the city
Maryland’s cities are pretty great for pets. The biggest, Baltimore, is full of things for them to do – and you to do with them. There are dog parks, like Paw Point with its access to Lake Roland, and plenty of dog-friendly breweries and bars. So plenty of acitivities to do with your Goldendoodle or Pug! You can even take them on ghost tours and to so they say around her drive-in cinemas. Be wary when letting your pet in lake water; if there’s blue-green algae, don’t let them in. It’s harmful to animals and could cost $1,500 to treat.
Also be aware of state laws around animals. If you’re dog or cat isn’t on your property, it must be leashed or contained. Dogs need to be kept away from anywhere their presence might cause alarm or injury to another person. Oh, and ignoring the Dog Pooper Scooper Law and not picking up after your pet outside your home could land you with a $100 fine – and that isn’t covered by insurance!
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.
It’s a real worry when your pet gets sick. But with plenty of reimbursement options available, pet insurance can help cover up to 100% of veterinary costs for new accidents and illnesses – plus much more.
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