Pets have a great life in the Show-Me State but there are many reasons why you should get pet insurance in Missouri.
Missouri consists of vast countryside, with the big cities of St Louis and Kansas City never too far away. The big, open spaces make it a perfect state to own a pet, especially a dog with lots of energy like a cocker spaniel or a border collie.
If you’re wanting to let your dog roam off the leash then your options are a bit more limited than some states, however there are still some great places to visit. The Dog Haus in St Louis incorporates the best of both worlds – a dog park and sports bar combined. It features an AstroTurf area for your pup to run around, as well as an on-leash patio for the more chilled pooches, although you are required to pay if you want to use the facilities.
There are other dog-friendly areas for your French Bulldogs and Labradors to run around within the St Louis area that don’t require memberships or payment. SLU Ellen Clark dog park has a fenced-in space for dogs wishing to socialise and make friends. Ensure their insurance plan covers flea treatment, as this can be a particularly rife problem in the summer months. It’s also home to a sculpture garden, so this may be of particular interest to pet parents who are also art enthusiasts.
If you would prefer a hotel break with your pup, then the vibrant city of Branson may be your vibe. There are plenty of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants to choose from, so you don’t have to limit your activities to just the outdoors. Sugar Leaf Bakery and Danna’s BBQ and Burger Shop are just a couple of places that love hosting furry friends – and their humans, of course.
“Missouri is great for pet-friendly hotel breaks and restaurants”
We all know dogs love to snack on just about anything! But if you’re bringing them into a restaurant setting, then ensure they don’t nibble something they shouldn’t. Dogs' stomachs are very sensitive, and a trip to the vet could cost around $3,000 in a serious case.
Kansas City, the largest in Missouri, is also full of pet-friendly fun. Take advantage of the urban green spaces by taking a walk down to West Terrace dog park or Waggin’ Trail off leash dog park for an extra run around. Bar K Dog Bar is also a great place to visit. It has a dog park, restaurant, bar and coffee house all on site and is specifically for those wanting to dine out with their pups.
The Ozarks in southern Missouri offer spectacular hiking trails for those who want adventure. If you want to explore waterfalls and caverns, then the Lost Valley trail may be your thing. Alternatively, there’s the Ozark trail that leads you through forests whilst walking alongside the river. Dogs are unable to swim in the lake of the Ozarks. In the larger lakes, poisonous algae blooms blossom and could cause harm to your pup if they were to come into contact.
Missouri has a great number of activities you can enjoy with your furry friend, but exploring the dog parks, long trails and urban settings does not come without some risk. So purchasing a pet insurance plan is definitely key to fully enjoying Missouri.
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