Source: Forbes Advisor 

Pet health varies significantly across U.S. states, influenced by local environmental factors. A Forbes Advisor study ranked West Virginia as the highest risk state for pet illnesses, primarily due to tick infestations and other parasites like whipworms and giardia. Rhode Island and New Jersey also presented high risks, with notable cases of rabies and tick-borne diseases. On the opposite end, Nevada reported the lowest risk, attributed to its minimal rates of parasitic infections.

The study emphasized the importance of proactive health measures like routine vaccinations and understanding environmental risks to maintain pet health. States like Hawaii and Utah were among the lowest in pet illness risks, showcasing fewer cases of heartworm and hookworm. The findings suggest significant regional disparities in pet health risks, highlighting the need for tailored preventive measures depending on geographic location.

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