PAWfriendly: Vermont Ranks #1 in Pet Ownership

If you live in Vermont you’re more than 70 percent likely to own at least one pet. That’s the findings of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that surveyed states across the country on pet ownership and related health.

They found that urban versus rural areas played a major role—the more rural the area, the higher the chance the resident owned a pet.

Rustic states like New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, and Maine all placed in the top 10 states.

The District of Columbia had the lowest pet ownership rate at just 21.9 percent.

Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA, revealed the health findings were a little unsettling. “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,” he said.

The AVMA, one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, concluded their findings with this remark: “Pet owners across the country need to remember to bring their pets into the veterinarian – at least once a year – to maintain optimal health.”

Highest pet-owning states:
Vermont—70.8 percent
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

Lowest pet-owning states:
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—21.9 percent.