According to the State of Pet Health 2017 Report, dogs in Maryland are generally healthier than dogs in other states!
Thanks to the annual State of Health Pet Report from Banfield Pet Hospital, we've got all the most recent stats on dogs in Maryland. Are you ready for some facts and figures? Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about man's best friend ... and then some.[caption id="attachment_2543" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image courtesy of Dog Fam's Facebook page (Baltimore)[/caption] Regarding dogs' overall health, just look at these beautiful numbers! Our dogs' incidents of obesity, dental disease, and ear infections in 2016 were equal to or less than other dogs nationwide. [caption id="attachment_2534" align="aligncenter" width="682"] Image courtesy of banfield.com[/caption] The only health concerns where Maryland dogs were higher than the national average were in occurrences of ticks (must be all those walks through Maryland's lovely woods!), whipworm (a nasty parasite), and Lyme disease (those pesky ticks again!). All other categories actually score lower than the national average. Pat yourself on the back, Maryland! We're doing a great job of taking care of our sweet puppies! Click here to see the full list of ailments and how Maryland dogs rank! The most common maladies that plague Maryland dogs include Dental Calculus (basically, tartar or hardened plaque on teeth), obesity, and Otitis Externa (a fancy name for ear infection). [caption id="attachment_2537" align="aligncenter" width="251"] Image courtesy of banfield.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2544" align="aligncenter" width="893"] Image courtesy of Four Dogs Adventures Baltimore's Facebook page (Baltimore's hidden trails)[/caption] Now that we've covered all the health stats, how about a couple fun facts? The most common dog breeds that Maryland residents choose are Yorkshire Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, and Shih Tzus, in that order. And what do we name our dogs? Gone are the days of Fido and Bruiser. Our state prefers to treat our dogs like people, giving them names like Bella and Max. (My dog's name is Juliet!) [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="2535,2536"] Banfield Pet Hospital, who presented the report, has more than 900 locations across the United States, including 56 pet hospitals in Maryland and Virginia combined. "All statistics [were] calculated by the Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge Team based on 2.5 million dogs and 505,000 cats seen at Banfield Hospitals in 2016," their website says. Visit their site for more detailed report results and statistics (including findings on cats, too, if that's more your style!). [caption id="attachment_2542" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image courtesy of Hiking with Dogs Facebook page (Appalachian Mountains, MD)[/caption] What do you think about the report's findings? Are you surprised that dogs in Maryland are healthier than the national average? Tell us what you think in the comments, and don't forget to post a photo of your Maryland pooch! We'd love to see it!