“Dog Friendly” Orlando is a city for pets

 This is “possibly” the best news ever: The City Beautiful is a pet paradise, according to a new study.

Orlando was ranked as the second-most pet-friendly city in the country behind Scottsdale, Ariz., according to a newWalletHub study.

In 2017, Americans spent $69.51 billion in total U.S. pet industry expenditures and are expected to spend $72.13 billion in 2018, according to the American Pet Products Association.

In total, 60.2 million American had a dog in 2017, while 47.1 million Americans homes had a cat, according to American Pet Products Association pet owners survey. Americans own 89.7 million dogs and 94.2 million cats nationwide.

In Central , several businesses are barking up the right tree and making a lot of money in the pet industry.

Take one of Orlando Business Journal’s Fast 50 companies, Woof Gang Bakery Inc. The firm, known for its gourmet doggy treats and natural pet foods, raked in $47.4 million last year, up 117.8 percent from $21.8 million in 2015. Woof Gang CEO Paul Allen previously told OBJ that he wants to grow his pet-centric bakery from 100 stores to 500 in the future by offering a variety of pet services in the shops.

In order to determine which cities were the best — and worst — for pet friendliness, WalletHub analyzed 24 key factors to determine which locations were “purr-fect” for pets. Check out how stacked up in these key areas:

  • Dog friendly restaurants: No. 1 
  • Veterinarians per capita: No. 3
  • Pet businesses per capita: No. 8
  • Dog friendly shops per capita: No. 10 
  • Minimum pet-care provider rate per visit: No. 10
  • Animal shelters per capita: No. 15
  • Animal trainers per capita: No. 25
  • Weather: No. 28
  • Strength of animal protection laws: No. 39
  • Walk score: No. 50