WalletHub ranks Las Vegas highly for pet lovers

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is the nation's second best city for pet lovers behind only Cincinnati, according to rankings released Wednesday by consumer information website WalletHub.

Henderson and North Las Vegas also made the list, ranking 26th and 47th respectively.

Las Vegas achieved its lofty ranking through a combination of the following scores: sixth overall in outdoor categories such as weather conditions, dog parks per capita and pet friendly trails; 17th overall in health care and wellness categories such as numbers of veterinarians and pet businesses per capita, pet friendly restaurants per capita and average square feet of homes; and 19th overall in budget areas such as veterinary care costs and dog insurance premiums.

Among sub-categories, Las Vegas achieved its highest ranking in dog parks per capita, where the city placed third.

Richie Bernardo, writing for WalletHub, quoted the American Pet Products Association by reporting that 82.5 million American households, a record 68 percent, owned a pet in 2012.

"Dogs and cats retain the title for most popular, at 46.7 and 37.3 percent ownership respectively," Bernardo wrote. "And with greater pet ownership of course comes greater financial responsibility. A lengthy list of expenses that can add up to about $2,000 annually -- from licenses and treats to grooming and medical care -- accompanies the adoption of an animal."

 


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