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Which states are best for dog ownership? – Deseret News
Which states are best for dog ownership? – Deseret News

Utah is not just a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. It turns out that the Beehive State is more friendly to its four-legged companions than most. A new ranking has named Utah one of the healthiest states in the USA for dogs.

Why is Utah considered one of the best states for owning a dog?

According to a study by Showsight Magazine, Utah is committed to dog wellness by considering factors such as air quality and disease control. Utah is known for its national parks and diverse climate, from heat in the south to snow in the north, making it a dream destination for dogs.

Air quality and climate

Despite its strengths in other areas, Utah ranks lower in air quality than the other 10 healthiest U.S. states for dogs. According to IQAir, Utah’s air quality index is 56, which ranks it as mediocre and places it in the yellow zone. According to the Showsight Magazine study, Alaska’s air quality index is 29.1, making it the best state in the U.S. for dog health.

Utah has one of the most diverse climates in the world. From the southern deserts to the snow-capped mountains, Utah’s landscapes are suitable for different dog breeds.

Water quality

According to the study by Showsight Magazine, Utah has sufficient lakes and reservoirs and has an “impaired” rating of 37.3%. This rating means there are some risks for pets and wildlife that consume contaminated water. Pets have access to clean water and can monitor water quality using warning labels, according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Utah offers favorable conditions with its commitment to maintaining high water quality standards.

Steve Scherrer paddles with his dog Piper during the Outdoor Retailer Open Air Demo at Pineview Reservoir on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. A new ranking names Utah as one of the healthiest states in the U.S. for dogs. | Jeffrey D. Allred

Tick ​​and disease control

Utah excels at controlling tick and flea populations, which are vital to canine health. According to the study by Showsight Magazine, state records indicate that Utah has 3.1 ticks per 100,000 residents, suggesting that fewer people are exposed to these irritants compared to other states. This is beneficial for dog owners who are concerned about the spread of tick-borne diseases.

Based on the factors given, the list of the top 10 states is sorted by their overall ranking:

  1. Alaska
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Mexico
  4. North Dakota
  5. Utah
  6. Arkansas
  7. Idaho
  8. Montana
  9. Michigan
  10. Nevada

By Isla