Pets have a great life in the Evergreen State but there are many reasons why you should get pet insurance in Washington
Forests; mountains; fjords. They call Washington the Evergreen State for a reason. It’s a stunner of a place. Look at a photo of Washington in its verdant splendour and you could be forgiven for mistaking it for the Amazon rainforest. It’s a high standard of living in this liberal state, and your dog will have as magnificent a time as you.
Life's a beach
There are a variety of on- and off-leash dog beaches in the Evergreen State. You’d be remiss if you didn’t drive your favourite furry friend down to at least one. At Double Bluff Beach in the west, your pooch can run off the leash to their heart’s content, catching sticks and running into the water. Slightly farther south, in Shoreline, is the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, which is similarly liberating for any pet with bundles of energy. Be mindful of stones and anything else your dog puts into their mouth though: it could cost you $800 to investigate a blockage in their throat.
The sights get even more spectacular. In the eight-passenger cars of the Mount Rainier Gondola your dog can enjoy vertigo-inducing heights and sights, gliding down over the snow-capped peaks of the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier. Whatever you do, however, at no point let your dog fall out; without insurance, a broken leg can cost $2,000 to treat the vet’s.
“A bee sting could mean a $500 vet bill”
For a more esoteric way to explore the outdoors, you could always hire a scootcoupe from Susie’s Mopeds in Friday Harbor. Big enough that a large dog like a Golden Retriever can sit in the passenger seat alongside you, a scootcoupe could be the perfect chance for your dog to feel the wind in their ears as they take in the local sights. With their tongue hanging out and all sorts of things rushing past them at high speed, one potential danger to your dog could be bee stings: a sting is bad enough for a dog but there’s always the possibility that they might be allergic, in which case you’re staring at a $500 vet bill you could really do without.
Another beautifully esoteric activity available in Washington is one that combines the picturesque landscape with your picturesque animal: ‘Mountain Portraits on Rattlesnake Ledge’, an Airbnb experience starting at $208 per person, is your chance to have both a hike up the ridge of a mountain and a unique photoshoot with your doggo.
Over the four hours you can hike higher and higher through the forest on a popular trail that gives you views of places like Chester Morse Lake. Then, once you reach the highest point, you can relax: you’ve made it. It’s time to let a seasoned photographer make you and your dog look like Vogue cover models.
When you’re up at that kind of altitude and in the great outdoors, be mindful of the dangers to your pup. Bobcats and black bears shouldn’t come out of their hiding places to make trouble with your dog but they are there somewhere, so the risk isn’t zero. Needless to say, a fight with either animal could turn ugly for your dog and for your wallet. And, if the eponymous rattlesnake snake decides to lunge for your furry one, you could be met with a vet bill of $8,000 – not a great way to end a photoshoot.
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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