Colorado Pet Insurance

Colorado rocks for pet owners.

Colorado cat and dog parents: It might be time to consider pet insurance.

From the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the canyons of the Colorado River, Colorado really has it all. Colorado is the perfect home for pups with a taste for adventure and cats who are all too pleased to curl up in front of a ski lodge fire. Whether your idea of fresh powder is a snowy day of snowboarding or a newly cleaned litter box, you might want to consider pet insurance for your four-legged friend to take the bite out of pricy vet bills.

We’re going to take you through the ins-and-outs of pet ownership in the Rocky Mountain State, and explain how pet insurance could help keep your best friend happy and healthy for years to come. 

What pet insurance plans does Lemonade offer in Colorado?

With a Lemonade pet insurance plan, there are numerous ways to customize your policy with our coverage options.

To begin with, a base Lemonade pet health insurance policy will assist in covering the costs of medication, tests, and treatments if your cat or dog has an unexpected accident or illness (provided it’s not related to a pre-existing condition, and occurs after your policy’s waiting period has ended).

Lemonade also offers three preventative care packages:

These packages are designed to keep your pet healthy and help cover expenses you’re probably paying for routine care anyway, such as check-ups and teeth cleanings. By adding one of these packages to your Lemonade policy, you’ll get access to all kinds of things—like your annual blood tests, vaccinations, wellness exam, and more. There may be some applicable exclusions.

Depending on your pet’s age, this package covers things like spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and flea and tick treatments.

You can also customize your Lemonade policy with a mix and match of optional add-ons like:

  • Physical therapy
  • Vet visit fees
  • Dental illness
  • Behavioral conditions
  • End-of-life and remembrance

These coverages can help take a bite out of pricey treatments, services, and trips to the vet.

Lemonade Pet policyholders also have access to Chewy’s Connect with a Vet service, which allows you to chat with veterinary professionals on any aspect of your pet’s health and well-being. Keep in mind that this service is a supplement to in-person or virtual vet exams, and the Chewy team cannot prescribe medication or diagnose illnesses.

What does a Lemonade pet insurance policy cover in Colorado?

Pet insurance can cover a lot (but it’s still important to be versed in what your policy doesn’t include). Here are just a few of the things that a Lemonade Pet policy could come in handy for, depending on your specific policy details:

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How does pet insurance work at Lemonade in Colorado?

Here’s an example of how a Lemonade pet insurance policy works: 

  1. Buy a policy. You answer a few quick questions about your German Shepherd, Rocky, and build your pet’s policy with the help of our friendly AI chatbot Maya. The monthly premium you pay is determined by a few factors, mostly things that you can customize, like your annual deductible, your co-insurance, and the annual limit on your plan. (If you want, you can take a deeper dive into how pet insurance works to help you build your perfect policy.) Pet insurance coverage with Lemonade can cost as little as $10/month. 
  2. Go to the vet. You rush Rocky to the vet after he broke his leg from going too hard at the dog park. The exam, x-ray, and cast cost you $1,000. Woof. But because you have pet insurance, you don’t have to worry about the full amount. Get the scoop on what we cover here. 
  3. Get your money back. Rocky is safely on the mend and you get up to a $900 reimbursement back in your pocket from Lemonade!
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It’s worth noting that as your dog ages, they will require more veterinary care and treatments, which is why it pays to take out a pet insurance policy for your dog as early as possible. If you try to sign your 13-year-old dog up for insurance for the first time, they might be declined due to their age; either way, they’re more likely to have pre-existing conditions that won’t be covered by insurance. 

At Lemonade, you can cover your pet from the time they’re two months old.

What is pet insurance in Colorado?

Pet insurance helps cover the costs of your vet bills. You pay a monthly premium to the insurance company, and in exchange, you can care for your canine or feline fur fam without stressing about the costs.

How much does pet insurance cost in Colorado?

Several factors impact your pet insurance quote, including:

  • Cat vs Dog: Cats are usually cheaper to insure than dogs because medical costs are generally cheaper for cats.
  • Breed: For example, mixed breed dogs tend to cost less to insure because they often exhibit the concept of ‘hybrid vigor,’ potentially having fewer health problems than purebreds.
  • Age
  • Where you live
  • The coverages you choose
  • The deductible, co-insurance, and annual limit you choose

Learn more about the costs of pet insurance here.

Protect your pet from Colorado threats 

Even Colorado cats have a sense of adventure

Dangerous wildlife 

Colorado is home to several animals that are dangerous to both animals and their human counterparts. Take a look at these best practices for hiking with your pet.

  • Colorado bighorn and mountain goats. Colorado bighorns and mountain goats will charge at you with their impressive horns if they feel threatened. If you encounter them on a hike—with or without your dog—create as much distance between you and them as possible. 
  • Ticks. Colorado is home to the Rocky Mountain tick which can cause Colorado tick fever—leading to a host of symptoms in both humans and dogs. In severe cases the disease can lead to nerve and organ damage. If you suspect that you or your dog have contracted Colorado tick fever, seek out emergency medical assistance ASAP. 
  • Coyotes and mountain lions. These animals tend to fear humans, but if you let your dog or cat wander around in your backyard, be sure to supervise them to keep curious and hungry predators at bay. Be sure not to leave dog or cat food outside, and secure garbage bins to keep visitors from wandering onto your property. 

Colorado winters

Depending on where you live in Colorado, temperatures can dip below freezing, even in the summer. Add that to an average snowfall of about 60 inches a year, and you’ve got yourself a regular winter wonderland. Brrrr. With temperatures well-below freezing for much of the winter, there are certain measures you can take to keep your pet cozy and safe in Colorado’s harsh winter climate. 

  1. Keep pets inside. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it bears repeating. Definitely take your dog for frequent walks and outdoor playtime, but your pup should enjoy most the day cuddled up and getting warm inside. If your cat likes to roam outside, it’s safest to keep them homebound from November until the end of March. Stray cats in your area? Pay it forward by purchasing a heated cat shelter to keep outdoor kitties warm. 
  2. Bundle up, clean up. Keep dogs in a coat or sweater and boots even for short winter walks. Once you’re home, wipe down their paws with a towel to remove any salt or harsh chemicals they might have picked up on the street. (If they lick it up, it could end up irritating their mouths.) If you know your dog has eaten rock salt, contact your emergency care vet immediately. 
  3. Speak up. If you see a pet left out in the cold, call it in. Dogs can begin to experience symptoms of hypothermia if they are left in below freezing temperatures without a coat. Animal neglect is a misdemeanor offense in all 50 states. If you can reach the owner, articulate your concerns, and if they respond aggressively, there are steps you can take to report them to the appropriate authorities. 

Poisonous plants

Colorado is filled with some of the most breathtaking nature the U.S. has to offer, but if you decide to explore the great outdoors with your furry friend, be sure to keep your eyes out for these toxic plants. They might be beautiful, but they could land your dog or cat in the emergency vet: 

Name of plantToxic to dogsToxic to cats
Water Hemlock
Death Camas

Thinking about adopting a pet? Check out these popular shelters!

CityMost popular animal shelter
ArvadaFoothills Animal Shelter
AuroraAurora Animal Shelter
CentennialAnimal Services – City of Centennial
Colorado SpringsHumane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
DenverDumb Friends League – Leslie A. Malone Center
Fort CollinsAnimal Friends Alliance
LakewoodAngels With Paws
PuebloPaws For Life
ThorntonAdams County Animal Services
WestminsterAlmost Home Adoptions for rescued cats

Visit top dog parks

  • Bear Creek Dog Park. Pups can enjoy 25 acres of fenced-in, off-leash fun. The west Colorado Springs park includes a fresh mountain creek to cool off on hot summer days. There is also a designated 2-acre section for pups 25 pounds and under, so pint-sized pups can play with dogs their own size. 
  • Westminster Dog Park. Just 15 minutes outside of Boulder you and your pup can hike the fenced-in 420-acre park. Only obedient pups should be off-leash though—excited doggos could easily get lost in this expansive terrain.
  • Canyon View Dog Park. If you and your dog are road tripping through I-70, be sure to stop at this 3.2 acre dog park along the way in Grand Junction. After hours behind the wheel, you and your pal can stretch your legs and splash around. 
  • Durango Off-Leash Area. Your dog can enjoy 25 acres of off-leash fun, and even take a dip in the Animas River. 
  • Estes Valley Dog Park. Indulge in gorgeous lake and mountain views while your four-legged best friend scampers around on agility equipment, and then cools off in the shade. 
  • The Boneyard. This Erie dog park is located right next to a children’s playground, so your human and canine children can burn off some of that extra energy all in one convenient place. 
  • Coal Mine Avenue Brewing. A joint dog park and a craft brewery—what could be better? Sample the latest Littleton beers in the dog park/patio while your (sober) pup runs free. 

Support Colorado-based small businesses for pets

  • Anderson’s Natural Pet Food. This high-quality, all-natural cat and dog food puts the “raw” in “ColoRAWdo”. All meat is sourced exclusively from Kinkin Ranch in the heart of the Colorado’s mountains. Their policy? If the founder’s 5-year-old son can’t read the ingredients, it can’t go into the final product. No preservatives or chemicals here, folks! 
  • Suzie’s CBD Treats. Recreational cannabis use has been legal in Colorado since 2012, making the Mile High State a center for CBD and cannabis innovation. These CBD treats and tinctures are made from cannabis locally grown in Fort Collins, and can help put your stressed pup at ease.  
  • The Bear & the Rat Frozen Yogurt. This Boulder-based company makes frozen treats specially formulated for dogs and cats with a sweet tooth. Dog flavors include bacon and peanut butter and pumpkin and cinnamon. Cat-safe frozen yogurts are made with goat milk, but can also be enjoyed by their canine siblings (if they ask nicely). 
  • Simpawtico. This Denver small business is committed to providing the best in healthy food and treats, nutritional supplements, and fashionable toys and accessories. Also, the name it just…purrfection.
  • Denver Cat Company. Sip on a caffeinated beverage while playing with some gorgeous, adoptable cats! The cozy cafe works in direct partnership with Denver Cat Rescue, a nonprofit that rescues cats from high-kill shelters to give them a new lease on life. If you’re ready to adopt a cat, you can snuggle up on the couch with your potential future kitty before sending in an application. 
  • Hear Doggy Ultrasonic Toy. Does your dog’s favorite squeaky toy drive you nuts? Trust us, same. Luckily, this Denver-based company has found a solution. Hear Doggy toys are engineered to make a squeaky sound that dogs love, but the noise is totally imperceptible to the human ear. 

Before we go… 

Being a pet owner is an adventure, so it’s no wonder that over 47% of Colorado residents are proud pet parents. Who doesn’t want an adventure buddy to explore every inch of this majestic, mountainous state with? Take Loki for instance, the Siberian Husky who managed to summit all 58 of Colorado’s 14ers (with his human, of course). Colorado pet owners aren’t afraid to go to the limits and have a ball. 

If you’re ready to school yourself on vaccinations, toxic foods, or finally refine your pet photography skills, we’ve got you covered. Also, while you’re at it, learn more about dog insurance and cat insurance, and get your vet bills and vet visits covered. Now, let’s hit the slopes! 

A few quick words, because we <3 our lawyers: This post is general in nature, and any statement in it doesn’t alter the terms, conditions, exclusions, or limitations of policies issued by Lemonade, which differ according to your state of residence. You’re encouraged to discuss your specific circumstances with your own professional advisors. The purpose of this post is merely to provide you with info and insights you can use to make such discussions more productive! Naturally, all comments by, or references to, third parties represent their own views, and Lemonade assumes no responsibility for them. Coverage and discounts may not be available in all states.

Eliana Sagarin

Eliana Sagarin is the Pet Product Communications Lead at Lemonade. She writes about fur friends, insurance, life hacks, and pop culture. Eliana has an MA in creative writing from Bar Ilan University.


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