Care.com recently released the results of an investigation they conducted on which states have the healthiest pets. The results are based on access to veterinary care, prevalence of disease, their environment, and how much money is spent on non-vet expenses. The data was collected in a variety of sources.
According to these parameters, Montana is the state with the healthiest pets and Mississippi needs the most work.
One of Care.com sources is the Banfield Pet Hospital’s “State of Pet Health”, a yearly report that analyzes medical data of 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats in the United States. The report goes over the amount of various illness in them.
What fascinates me about this study is not the results, but the parameters it forgot.
You see, it’s important that your pet is physically taken care of, but studies show that dogs and cats can be mentally ill as well. They can suffer from aggression, anxiety, depression and anorexia among others.
These illnesses can be serious, yet their amount is not taken into account when looking at the state’s with the number of healthiest pets.
Why is that?
So, what can you do if you’re pet shows signs of mental illness?
Pet360.com suggests taking them to a vet with behavior specialist credentials to be examined. They then will recommend appropriate treatment, which can be simple.
So, see where your state ranks in terms of physical health. Now, see how your pet measures up mentally.