Every dog owner says that they love their pet; some even go so far as to consider it a part of the family. But how well are we taking care of them? According to a new study, in New Jersey anyway, we’re doing a pretty good job.

The research was done by Forbes Advisor. They weren’t looking for things like pampering the pets, they judged how responsible the pet owners were. Things like regular veterinarian visits, staying current on vaccinations, things like that.


Forbes Advisor conducted a comprehensive survey of 10,000 dog owners, with 200 surveyed in each state, to analyze which states have the most conscientious pet parents.

Nearly half of dog owners (45%) take their pets to the veterinarian more than once per year for check-ups, and 43% of dog owners take their pup to the vet at least once per year. Most dogs (84%) are up-to-date on their vaccinations, according to their owners.

So, how did we do? New Jersey ranks 9th in the country for responsible dog ownership. Our score was 77.38 out of 100.

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Here’s a look at some of the metrics:

🐶 The percentage of dog owners who report their dog is up to date with vaccinations (ranking No. 10 at 91%).

🐶 The percentage of dog owners who report trimming their dog’s nails at least once a month (ranking No. 8 at 63%).

🐶 The percentage of dog owners who brush their dog’s teeth at least once a week (ranking No. 9 at 39%)

Washington was #1, with a perfect 100; New York was second. Arizona came in last.

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