States That Pamper Pets the Most Revealed
If going by starlets and socialites emerging from limos while sporting a teacup dog in a fashionable, over-the-shoulder pet carrier, one would guess California to be home to the most pampered pets.
The Golden State doesn’t even crack the top 10, according to economic analysis by Thumbtack, a San Francisco-based consumer review website.
The state most likely to pamper its pets: Massachusetts, followed (in order) by Rhode Island, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Washington, Maryland and New Hampshire for the Top 10 Pet-Pampering States.
Thumbtack looked at the number of consumer requests it got on its website from pet owners in each state for nine dog-related services (grooming, pet sitting, dog walking, etc.) and created a Pet Pampering Index (PPI).
The PPI was adjusted for the number of dog-owning households per state based on data from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
A PPI between zero and 100 was awarded to each state, with Massachusetts receiving a PPI of 100 and more than $250 on average spent on pets through Thumbtack.
Dog owners in Arkansas, Mississippi and North Dakota were least likely to pamper their pets—all receiving PPIs of less than one.
Lucas Puente, Thumbtack’s economic analyst, explains the low scores in these states like this: “Dog owners in some states … were more likely to focus their energies on more expensive, one-time activities such as training their dogs … while other states had dog owners requesting more regular, less-expensive activities like dog walking and doggie day care.”