Mississippi Pet Insurance
Many pets live and come to visit Mississippi with their owners, and it’s an exciting state to visit with museums, parks, beaches, restaurants and many historical sites. Many of the Mississippi households have pets. According to a survey by the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, Mississippi ranks 6th in the nation dog ownership with 45.2% of the households owning dogs. With so many pets, particularly dogs, there is a high need for good veterinary care and pet insurance.
Pet Laws in Mississippi
There are more than 8,000 licensed dogs in Mississippi, and with so many dogs and other pets around, the state has pet laws in effect to protect the pets, owners and non-owners.
- The Mississippi Dog and Cat Protection Law states that it’s a crime for anyone to withhold food, water or shelter from an animal or treat them cruelly.
- All dogs three months of age must be licensed and be current with rabies shots.
- All dogs three months of age must wear a collar and tag indicating the dog is licensed and current with vaccinations.
- Dogs must be on a leash any time they are off their property or may be impounded.
Pet-Friendly Things in Mississippi
Today people are spending more time with their pets, and many take their dogs with them wherever they go. In Mississippi, dogs can have a lot of fun because there are so many pet-friendly places to visit.
- Hancock County Beach in Waveland – offers lots of sand and beach for leashed dogs as well as a beach volleyball court, sidewalks and a fishing pier
- Biloxi Dog Park in Biloxi – offers picnic tables and lots of area for dogs to run and play as well as a fenced-in area where dogs can run off leash
- Gulfport Premium Outlets in Gulfport – offers mall stores for you to shop and a grassed area for your dog
- Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach in Biloxi – offers seafood, daiquiris and delicious snacks that can be eaten with your pet on the covered patio
- Fillin’ Station in Biloxi – offers great food, huge liquor selection and beautiful outdoor seating
- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi – offers a beautiful suite for you and your dog
- Ramada Limited Ocean Springs in Ocean Springs – offers beautiful suites, large swimming pools and dog-friendly rooms for any size dog
Pet owners who are not comfortable leaving their dog at home when they go to work can take advantage of the many pet-friendly employers in Mississippi.
- Wag! in Jackson
- Case & Associates in Richland
- Animal Medical Center in Hattiesburg
- Red Dot Storage in Jackson
- Camp Bow Wow in Ridgeland
Mississippi Veterinary Costs
Dogs in Mississippi have the same health issues as in other states. Whether it’s healthy eating or good veterinary care, dogs in Mississippi are relatively healthy compared to other states. Their prevalence of developing canine diseases is lower than the national average. The amount they pay for unexpected veterinary care is also relatively low compared to other states. They pay about $900 annually for unexpected veterinary care.
However, even with the best of care, pets can be injured or become seriously or terminally ill, and every year the cost of vet care increases. While we realize that pet ownership comes with some vet bills, the serious conditions can hurt families financially. The serious conditions are also what makes many pet owners choose to buy pet insurance. Here are some costs pet owners might have for serious issues.
- Emergency visit – $170
- X-rays – $60 to $250
- Blood work – $30 to $150
- Lab services – $20 to $350
- Blood transfusions – $450 to $800
- Hospital services – $50 to $150 per day
- Chemotherapy or Radiation – $1,000 per treatment with up to ten treatments needed
- Surgery – $1,000 to $2,000 or more
Monthly Cost of Pet Insurance in Mississippi Cities
Pet insurance is an affordable way for pet owners to get help paying for veterinary bills for unexpected injuries and illnesses. Pet insurance doesn’t usually pay for routine pet services like rabies shots, vaccinations or wellness checks, but these aren’t the services that can “break the bank” so to speak. Here are some examples of monthly premiums for a pet insurance policy that pays 70% of covered expenses with a $500 deductible. These rates are for a six-year-old mixed breed dog weighing about 50 pounds.
Low-Income Pet Help in Mississippi
Pet owners who are having difficulty caring for their pets, whether due to unexpected financial difficulties or low income, can obtain assistance through several organizations in Mississippi. These agencies offer either free or low-cost veterinary services or pet supplies and food.
Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport – offers training advice, spay/neuter assistance, pet food and other necessary supplies
Mississippi Spay and Neuter in Pearl – offers spay/neuter assistance
DeSoto Animal Rescue Society in Ham Lake – offers assistance with emergency veterinary care
Spay & Neuter Clinic in Hattiesburg – offers low-cost veterinary care and spay/neuter assistance
Low-Cost Spay in Picayune – offers low-cost spay/neuter services
Horn Lake Animal Hospital in Horn Lake – offers low-cost emergency veterinary services