The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its latest Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. The number of pets in the U.S. is increasing, including non-traditional exotic pets like birds and reptiles.
Here’s a summary of some of the key findings:
- 57% of all U.S. households own at least one pet.
- The number of households with dogs is at a record high (38%) with cat owning households coming in second (25%).
- 13% of all U.S. households have some sort of exotic pet, an increase of 25% from the 2011 pet ownership survey.
- The trend of keeping poultry as pets has been growing at a rate of 23% over the last 5 years.
- The number of households with pets is highest in rural states, with Wyoming, West Virginia, and Nebraska at the top of the list.
- The states with the least number of pets are Rhode Island, South Dakota, New York, and New Jersey.
- Dog owners are more likely to take their pets to the veterinarian than owners of other animals.