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Oregon is a land of incredible and diverse contrasts. From the cliffs and cold, sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean to towering Mount Hood and the majestic Cascades, the winding Columbia River accented on both sides by slowly rising dogwood-and-pine-covered mountains all the way to the rough desserts of Eastern Oregon, this state offers something for everyone. Its diverse geology and ecology are matched by an equally diverse population of pets. Portland, Oregon in particular is known for its large number of dog-friendly parks, and other cities such as Salem and Eugene are similar. Oregon is also home to a great many number of cats, rabbits and other exotic pets. In fact, Oregon is considered a haven for all manner of family pets.

Because Oregon is home to two extreme climates, pets may suffer from different ailments depending on which side of the mountains they live on. But most people – and consequently, most pets – live in Western Oregon, where the humidity and plentiful water mean that fleas and ticks are in plentiful supply. In addition, internal parasites like tapeworms and roundworms are prevalent, and treating them can become very expensive.

Common Health Risks for Dogs and Cats

Unfortunately, parasites are not the only health risks present in Oregon. Some common diagnoses for dogs include:

  • Otitis Externa
  • Obesity
  • Dental Tartar
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Murmur

Symptoms of arthritis tend to be more common in damp, humid and often colder climates such as found across Western Oregon. Prolonged periods of inclement weather make it less likely for dogs to get exercise, so they tend to gain weight.

Cats, on the other hand, suffer from a similar but different range of common ailments:

  • Obesity
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Disease
  • Thyroid Disease

Like dogs, cats suffer from long bouts of rainy weather where they are less likely to be outdoors, leading to a higher rate of obesity than the national average. Like dogs (and people), the cool, damp weather takes a toll as well, leading to higher rates of arthritis in older cats. Cats in Oregon are also more likely to suffer from heart and thyroid disease, and have a higher rate of upper respiratory infection than the national average.

Clearly, there are a lot of reasons to consider pet insurance for your cats and dogs. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent providers, including:

  • Healthy Paws Pet Insurance
  • Blue Paws Pet Insurance
  • Embrace Pet Insurance
  • ASPCA Pet Insurance

No matter what coverage you choose or what plan you can afford, you can rest easier knowing your beloved pets will be well-provided for.