Pet insurance in Colorado can help you manage the costs of veterinary expenses if your pet becomes sick or involved in an accident. There are many different pet medical insurance plans available, and some even offer routine care coverage, which includes such things as annual checkups and vaccinations.
Reasons to Consider Pet Insurance in Colorado
Camping with your dog in Colorado can be a highlight of your weekend. But just like any activity, some preparation is needed to make the trip safe and fun for the both of you. When travelling with your pet, there is always a risk that your pet becomes ill or injured. Preparation for yourself and your pet is important before embarking on any adventure.
How to Prepare for Hiking and Camping in Colorado with your Pet
- Prepare your dog for the hike To help build your pet’s stamina and the pads of their paws, take your dog on short hikes on the weeks leading up to the trip.
- Is your dog breed designed for long treks? If your trip will require you to journey a moderate distance, please keep in mind your pet’s breed. Miniature dogs and toy breeds tend to have a hard time keeping up with a human’s pace and are not really designed for long treks, unless they ride in the backpack.
- Take a visit to the veterinarian Travel only with dogs that are current with their vaccinations and have their medications. Be up to date on their heartworm pills and check that they have a flea and tick treatment before you leave.
- Microchip your Dog Make sure your dog is micro-chipped or has a pet tag in order to track him/her if anything happens, and check that your dog’s license is up-to-date.
- Pack Insurance Claim Forms Pack extra claims forms that have your policy number pre-filled. Accidents happen, so be prepared.
Important Pet Specific Accessories for Camping Trips and Hikes
- First Aid Kit This kit should have coated aspirin, antihistamines, antibiotic ointment, and tweezers, which are great for pulling out ticks and field spurs.
- Extra Food and Water A great rule of thumb when camping with your dog is to bring two additional days of food with you. Check the map to see how close you are to a watering hole, in the event that you are not near one bring 2 liters of water for each day of your trip.
- Leashes Always bring two leashes with you on a camping trip, as accidents do happen.
Critters and Other Hazards in Colorado
- Skunks, Coyotes, Bears and Snakes Keeping your dog on a leash and training them to respond to your verbal commands, should keep your dog safe. However, be aware that there is no guarantee that your dog will never encounter a wild animal so be alert.
- Overheating and Dehydration Always make sure that your dog is drinking a lot of water. Look out for excessive panting and staring, as these are signs of heatstroke. If you are near water and your dog looks hot, let them go for a swim.
After you’re self-assured that your dog is fit, resilient, and receptive to your instructions, you are set to leave civilization behind. Don’t forget your Colorado pet insurance policy to help protect your pet during your trip.
For more information about pet medical insurance, visit www.petpremium.com to learn more about your pet’s health with our Pet Health Center. Find below a listing of the most popular dog breeds in Colorado, including the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, the German Shepherd, the Bulldog, and the Boxer.
How to Fill out a Pet Insurance Claim Form
Typically, after you visit a veterinarian, you will be responsible for paying your bill. However, if you have PetPremium pet insurance, you will need to fill out a claim form that will need to be signed by you or the veterinarian. The vet may also need to include information pertaining to the nature of the visit. The pet insurance claim form will then need to be emailed, mailed or faxed to us. After approval, a check will be mailed to you for the approved portion of the visit. Learn more about how file a pet insurance claim and how long it takes to receive your reimbursement of PetPremium.