What other friend do you have in your life that could pee on your floor and still be allowed indoors? What other companion would you follow around waiting for them to 'do their business' and bag it? If your answer was anything other than a pet then you my friend lead a very interesting life.

What Makes a Michigan City Pet-Friendly?


The amount of time and money we spend on our furry, scaly, or feathery friends adds up. Here are some eye-opening statistics from Forbes Advisor:

  • 66% of U.S. households (86.9 million homes) own a pet.[1]
  • Dogs are the most popular pet in the U.S. (65.1 million U.S. households own a dog), followed by cats (46.5 million households) and freshwater fish (11.1 million households).[1]
  • Millennials make up the largest percentage of current pet owners (33%), followed by Gen X (25%) and baby boomers (24%). [1]
  • In 2022, Americans spent $136.8 billion on their pets, up 10.68% from 2021 ($123.6 billion).[1]
  • Dog owners spend an average of $730 a year on their dogs. [4]
  • 42% of dog owners and 43% of cat owners got their pets from a store, while 38% of dog owners and 40% of cat owners got their pets from an animal shelter or rescue.[2]

Wallet Hub, with the help of veterinarians and pet experts, compiled a list of the top 100 most pet-friendly cities in the US. Pet-friendliness was determined by weighing 3 categories: pet budget including veterinary costs and dog insurance premium, pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness.

Related: The 5 Reasons Why Michigan Dogs Are Overweight

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Michigan's Most Pet-Friendly City

Though it barely made the list, the city that is most closely associated with Michigan ranked #91 on Wallet Hubs annual Top 100 Most Pet-Friendly Cities:


Detroit, Michigan. Motown, the Motor City, and now Michigan's most furry friend accommodating metro. Perhaps Detroit would have faired better if there were more access to veterinarians, as it was ranked #97 in that key category.


To see where the rest of the nation stacked up, take a look at Wallet Hub's interactive map below.

Related: Michigan Has 3 of the Most Rat-Infested Cities in the United States

Source: WalletHub

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Michigan Pets Names and Mom Nicknames

Michigan Pets usually have at least 2 names:
  1. The name they were given
  2. The name (or names) we call them
Here's a look at our favorite mitten state pets and the many names we have for them!

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