Pets have a great life in the Beaver State but there are many reasons why you should get pet insurance in Oregon.
Oregon is the ninth largest state in the United States, stretching over two time zones. It’s also an amazing place to be a pet parent. On average, it has 5.7 dog parks for every 100,000 residents just in Portland, so there’s no doubt that your pup (or cat) would have a really great time here.
Another plus is that pet insurance is not overly costly here, although those living in more urban areas such as Salem may be charged slightly more.
Its terrain varies from rainforests along the coast, to vast deserts in the southeast. Around 60% is covered in forests, with the west of the Cascades being more densely populated. There are many different animals that reside in the state, including mountain beavers (where its nickname ‘beaver state’ comes from), black bears, cougars, bobcats and moose.
If your dog is over four months old, then they are eligible for rabies vaccines, which is highly beneficial due to all the wild animals. Unlike some other states, it’s against the law to not have your domestic pet protected from the disease. If your pup’s attacked by an animal carrying rabies, it could be really nasty and may cost you up to $2,000 to treat in the more severe cases.
“If your pup contracts rabies, it could cost up to $2,000 to treat”
Alongside the dangers of animals comes potentially toxic flora and fauna. The indigenous lily flowers found around the state are hugely toxic to cats. This could cost you $1,600 just for treatment, with the potential of further expenses if your cat were to stay overnight.
Oregon is also home to the Columbia River, one of the largest in North America. Although you can let your pooch off in a few areas, dogs are discouraged from swimming. This is because of the toxins produced by the algae that sits on the river. If ingested, your dog could have a severe reaction and may experience symptoms such as liver failure and breathing difficulties. This could cost a huge amount (around $1,500) to treat if you don’t have insurance.
Oregon’s capital city, Salem, welcomes all dogs (from Chihuahuas to Mastiffs) into their parks as long as they’re on a leash. However, in some areas your pooch is able to run around, helping to cure their case of the zoomies. Two parks in particular – Minto-Brown Island and Orchard Heights – have designated zones for off-leash play.
Heading over to the west of the state and enjoying the beaches with your pup is a definite must. Cannon Beach has the option to let your dog off leash as long as they’re a recall wiz, so they can have a good run around – however your car may look like a sandpit afterwards.
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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