States with highest, lowest pet ownership
The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook.
Residents of Vermont are the most likely to have pets, according to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Washington, D.C., a territory, had the smallest percentage of pet owners.
Although the survey didn’t collect information on why some states had higher rates of pet ownership, the findings indicate the type of dwelling — rural vs. urban — played a role, a spokesman said.
The top 10 pet-owning states are:
Vermont 70.8 percent of households owned a pet
New Mexico 67.6 percent
South Dakota 65.6 percent
Oregon 63.6 percent
Maine 62.9 percent
Washington 62.7 percent
Arkansas 62.4 percent
West Virginia 62.1 percent
Idaho 62 percent
Wyoming 61.8 percent
The 10 states in 2011 with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households are:
Rhode Island 53 percent
Minnesota 53 percent
California 52.9 percent
Maryland 52.3 percent
Illinois 51.8 percent
Nebraska 51.3 percent
Utah 51.2 percent
New Jersey 50.7 percent
New York 50.6 percent
Massachusetts 50.4 percent.
The District of Columbia had a far lower rate of pet ownership at 21.9 percent.
The report also looks at the health of pets across the country.
“Unfortunately, the report reveals that fewer dogs and cats are seeing the veterinarian regularly, and that’s something that the AVMA and every companion animal veterinarian are concerned about," said Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. "Pet owners across the country need to remember to bring their pets into the veterinarian – at least once a year – to maintain optimal health.”
The AVMA is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world.
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