New Survey Results Reveal Idaho as the Most Dog-Friendly State In Amer

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
If you’ve been looking for the most pet-friendly state in America, look no further than Idaho, according to a study from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has shared the most cat, dog and pet-friendly places in America and top dog honors go to the state of Idaho.

The data was based on the most recent year available–2016– and found that 58% of Idahoan households have a dog, while in the country overall, 38.4% of households have a dog. The next highest dog-owner states were Montana and Arkansas.

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Cats are not quite as much the jam for Idahoans, though, with only 33% of Idahoan households having pet cats, though they still are on the top 10 of cat-owning households in the country. In the United States as a whole, the survey found that only a quarter of American households had cats.

When it came to overall pet ownership, Wyoming was the overall winner 72% of its residents’ households having pets, while West Virginia was right on Wyoming’s tail with 71% households being ones with pets. Nebraska, Vermont and Idaho were tied three-ways for third with 70% of their resident households having pets.

According to the AVMA, the statistics they analyzed suggest that rural areas tended to have higher percentages of households with pets, and particularly for dogs, Idaho has consistently made national rankings because of their offerings of dog parks and amenities.

Related: Boise, Idaho Tops List Of Best Cities For Dog Parks

Overall, almost 60% of all U.S. households own some type of pet–dog, cat, chicken, guinea pig or what-have-you. The survey saw an increase in households having a specialty or exotic pet like ferrets, lizards or snakes. And it turns out that live poultry was a big hit with a 23% increase since 2012 in households calling them pets

John de Jong is the President of the AVMA and says the survey gives them unique looks into pets’ worlds, and in the worlds of the people and vets who care for them and love them. The data can give even more information to help vets better serve their clients.

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