Best of the Best:
Best Cities for Pets!
So what makes a city Pet Friendly?Â The wide open spaces, dog parks, plenty of veterinarians, and pet hospitals would be a good place to start.Â Every city has these things, but which ones are the best?Â We did a little research and this is what we have found!
1.)Â Â Â Colorado Springs, Colorado
The city has more than 10,000 acres of public park space, or almost a tenth of an acre for every pet. It also features seven dog parks.Â And if each of the city's 113 veterinarians took six appointments a day for five days a week, they could take almost four months off and still see every pet in town before the year is over.
2.)Â Â Â Portland, Oregon
Portland has 31 parks dedicated to dogs, the most in the country after New York, and the most per capita by a wide margin.
3.)Â Â Â Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque can boast of having over 33,000 acres of public parks, or about a quarter acre for every dog, cat and pet bird in the city.
4.)Â Â Â Austin, Texas
Austin has 184 veterinarians, third most in the country behind Houston and Portland. It also did very well in the open space category, with 122 acres of parks for every 1,000 pets.
5.)Â Â Â Charlotte, North Carolina
A growing city with over 17,000 acres of public parks, Charlotte offers 141 vets and 127 other pet supply and service stores to its 610,000 people.
6.)Â Â Â Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia is for pet lovers--so says 15,000 acres of public parks and 191 pet businesses, all in a city with fewer than 450,000 people.
7.)Â Â Â Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City is the eighth-cheapest city for veterinarian services in the U.S., and fourth-best when it comes to open space, with more than 100 acres of public space for every 1,000 pets.
8.)Â Â Â St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis' 199 pet-related businesses are second only to Minneapolis for cities with fewer than 400,000 residents. The city also ranked well in the health care categories, coming in sixth on the number of vets per pet and seventh lowest cost of an annual vet exam.
9.)Â Â Â Seattle, Washington
It rains a lot, and vet services are expensive compared to the other cities we looked at, but the Emerald City has 11 dog parks and 373 pet-related businesses.
10.) Â Denver, Colorado
There are 503 pet-related businesses in metro Denver, more than any city in the country.Â And home to Baxterboo.com!
We all strive to give our pets the best life and the best home, and sure we would all say that our home is the best home for our pets. Â When you make your next move, ask yourself how happy your dog will be there? Â What does this city offer for my pet? Â Are there plenty of wide open spaces and veterinarians close by? Â If you answer these questions you will be that much closer to finding your perfect pet's perfect pad!
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