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WE WELCOMED:

Prince

Rue

Coal

Teddy

Lobo

Thomas kittens

 

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So, you’ve gotten a new pet and you’re looking for naming inspiration beyond the old stand-bys, like “Scooter,” “Muffin,” and “Shadow.” Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Check out Top Ten Tuesday’s Wackiest Pet Names of 2016, brought to you by Nationwide Pet Insurance.

Brea, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2016) – The votes have been tallied and the results are in – McLoven the Stud Muffin nosed out Kanye Westie in the dog division and Agent Jack Meower purred past Shakespurr in the cat category to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2016. Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 575,000 insured pets and put to a public vote where McLoven the Stud Muffin and Agent Jack Meower were crowned the wackiest. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and 10 Wackiest Cat Names of 2016:

Most Unusual Dog Names Most Unusual Cat Names
1. McLoven the Stud Muffin 1. Agent Jack Meower
2. Kanye Westie 2. Shakespurr
3. Angus Von Wigglebottom 3. Meowmadeus
4. SuperFunCoconutDog 4. Macaroni Bob
5. Optimus Prime Rib 5. Sir Pickles Pennybottom
6. Maximus Waffles 6. Princess Poopy Paws
7. ChaChi Big Foot 7. Butch Catsidy
8. Scrappin Scruffy Macdoogle of the Highland Macdoogles 8. Sharkbait Hoo Haa Haa
9. Lieutenant Colonel Be Back Soon 9. Ziggy Snowdust
10. Aggie Von Schwaggie 10. Enzo Asparagus Santa

“Our Wacky Pet Names competition is a great way to showcase the creativity of the pet lover’s community,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. “The unique monikers among our members’ pets come from a variety of different sources, some of which are based on joke filled puns, while others have a sentimental meaning. This year’s campaign saw strong references to pop culture topics.”

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Now it’s your turn: dream up the wackiest* pet name you can think of and share it with us in the comments section!
*Keep it clean, please.

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WE WELCOMED:

  • Molly
  • Clyde
  • Chico
  • Cam
  • Sydney
  • Chuck
  • Java
  • Smokey
  • Riley
  • Baloo
  • Chappie
  • Bindi
  • Abby
  • Gucci

WE REMEMBER:

  • Shane
  • Rocky
  • Bella
  • Sgt. Able
  • Junior

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WELCOME:

  • Jake
  • Marley
  • Cookie
  • Porthos
  • Sky
  • Zeyda
  • Hank
  • Duke
  • Sarah
  • Ares
  • Jade
  • Champ
  • Molly H.
  • Layla

 

WE REMEMBER:

  • Duchess
  • Nori
  • Molly M.
  • Mr. Kitty
  • Windy

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WE WELCOMED:

  • China
  • Rascal
  • Mr. Whiskers
  • Shadow
  • Mikee
  • Haze
  • Buddy
  • Seal
  • Agate
  • Polly
  • BearCat
  • Bullet
  • Tanner
  • Odin
  • Pearl
  • Ace
  • Freya
  • Kira
  • Sullie

 

WE REMEMBER:

  • Harley
  • Riley
  • Muffin

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Hot on the heels of the recent spate of Hookworm cases, comes Coccidiosis, an intestinal infestation by the parasite coccidia.

Eye-shaped coccidia "egg" called an oocyst.

Eye-shaped coccidia “egg” called an oocyst.

Coccidiae are a protozoan parasite, so they cannot be killed through the worming medications that most pets receive as pups and kittens. Coccidiosis cannot be prevented through heartworm medications, either. For this reason, we always recommend fecal analysis, even for pets that have been wormed previously.

We commonly find coccidiae in pets that have come from a shelter, kennel or “puppy mill,” or pet store. In those situations, multiple animals may be housed together, making the spread of feces-borne parasites more likely. A high level of sanitation is required to prevent transmission of this microscopic parasite, and not all facilities are up to the task. 

Multiple coccidia oocysts clearly visible on the slide. Click to enlarge.

Multiple coccidia oocysts clearly visible on the slide. Click to enlarge.

Coccidiae are also found in the environment, so pets that spend time outdoors may come across objects contaminated with infected feces or consume small animals (such as rodents) infected with coccidiae.

Left untreated, the disease can cause intermittent diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration, and intestinal bleeding. In severe cases, pets may progress to vomiting, depression, refusal to eat, and even death.

When caught early, before severe symptoms appear, Coccidiosis is treated with a multi-week course of medication. Hospitalization may be necessary in more advanced cases, however. Pets can have recurrent cases of Coccidiosis, so vigilance is key.

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This article is not intended to diagnose or direct treatment of any illness or disease. When in doubt, take your pet to the vet!

 All photos by Jennifer Miele at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

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Springtime is around the corner, and already we are seeing new litters of pups.
Whether you plan to breed your female dog, or she becomes pregnant by the roving Romeo up the street, you should know about eclampsia.

Eclampsia (also known as hypocalcemia, milk fever, and puerperal tetany) is a life-threatening imbalance of calcium in a lactating (milk-producing) dog.
Lactating female dogs need an adequate amount of calcium in their diet to replace the calcium lost through nursing their pups.
If you suspect your dog is pregnant, or you plan to breed her, ask your veterinarian about your dog’s nutritional needs. In non-lactating dogs, too much calcium can also lead to a dangerous imbalance, so check with the vet before adding calcium to your pet’s diet.

Fast Facts:

  • Small dogs with large litters are at greatest risk.
  • Any breed can be affected, but small and toy breeds experience eclampsia more often than large breed dogs.
  • There is a higher incidence in first litters, but eclampsia can recur in later litters, also.
  • The onset of signs is usually sudden and severe.
  • Eclampsia typically occurs 1 to 4 weeks after whelping (giving birth), but it has also occurred in dogs just before whelping and late into nursing.
  • To aid in your dog’s recovery, you may be advised to hand-feed the pups until weaning.
  • Eclampsia is rare in cats.

What to look for:

  • Restlessness, anxiety, excessive panting, whining
  • Staggering or stiff gait (manner of walking)
  • Muscle tremors, convulsions, seizures
  • Rigid legs
  • Hyperthermia (greatly increased body temperature)

What’s the worst that can happen?
Delayed treatment or neglect can lead to coma, cerebral edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain), and death.

Suspected eclampsia should be treated as an emergency.

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