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Nation's Largest Pet Insurer Reveals Top Pet Names of 2013

Pet Owners Continue Trend of Giving Pets Human Monikers

PR Newswire

BREA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second straight year, "Bella" and "Max" reign as 'top dogs' as the modern-day monikers led the list of most common dog and cat names in 2013. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's first and largest provider of pet health insurance, sorted its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to determine the most popular pet names of 2013. Following are the top 10 most common names for dogs and cats:

Dogs

Cats

1. Bella

1. Bella

2. Max

2. Max

3. Bailey

3. Chloe

4. Lucy

4. Oliver

5. Molly

5. Lucy

6. Daisy

6. Charlie

7. Charlie

7. Sophie

8. Buddy

8. Lily

9. Maggie

9. Shadow

10. Sophie

10. Tiger

"The majority of the top 10 pet monikers are also among the most popular baby names in the United States," said Curtis Steinhoff, director of Corporate Communications at VPI. "This trend illustrates the close bond that pet owners have with their pets. Many people view their dog and cat as family members and they are naming them to reflect that human-animal bond."

Last year, "Bella" topped both the most common dog and cat name list with "Max" coming in as the second most common moniker in the VPI database. The majority of the names that made the top 10 dog and cat lists also made the list in 2012. Names that are trending upward include "Coco" and "Lola" among dogs, and "Jack," "Luna" and "Milo" for cats.

While human names continue to dominate VPI's pet name popularity, there are plenty of pet owners who opt for a moniker of the less conventional variety, such as "Sir Knuckles da Dragon" and "Cheeto Burrito." To view some of the more creative monikers selected for VPI's Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2013, visit www.wackypetnames.com

About Veterinary Pet Insurance
With more than 500,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the first and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

SOURCE Veterinary Pet Insurance

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