Dog Name Trends

It seems like we have come along way from the early part of the last century when pet names were not that personal.   Of course now that our pets have become our ,furkids, they are getting the same kinds of names as our children. For instance you will never hear of a kid called Rover, Spot or Fido but you will find pets named Donna, Christopher, Tiffany or Karen.  

Some of the most popular dog names according to were Molly, Sophie, Maggie, Alice, Jake and Lucy, which sound more like the names that belonged to our grandparents.  Does this affect the way we treat our dogs. For instance isn’t it a bit harder to send a creature called Britney or Mark to the doghouse even if it does have four legs instead of two?  

Speaking of names like Britney there is also a real trend towards naming pets after celebrities , Lindsay, Paris and Hillary immediately come to mind.   Dead celebrities should also not be left out of the loop.   Dogs are also frequently named Marilyn, Truman, Eisenhower or Judy.  

Speaking of celebrities I read in the Star tabloid the other day that they like to call them Mr. Or Miss something or other as in Mr. Jeeves, Mr. Jubby or Ms. Jones.   This is probably inspired by the cat named Miss Priss on Everybody Loves Raymond!  

I went researching the most popular names and according to a site that has archived over 3000 dog monikers the most popular name for both doggie sexes is Sam (including all of its variants like Sammy and Samantha).   The name means ,listener, which is not a bad name for man’s best friend.   By the way it is also one of the most popular names for little girls according to a human naming website I looked at.  The second most popular is Max, Maxie, Maxwell or Maxine (which means “the greatest” in Latin).   The third most common name is Lady, which is incredibly retro and reminiscent of old time television dramas. Of course this name does not fit a male dog too well unless you are absolutely sure it is gay.  The fourth most popular name does suit a male. It is   Bear. This is a good name for a very tiny dog that looks like a Teddy or one of those huge Labradors that can clamp its paws on your shoulders when it wants to dance.

If you love your doggie so much you want to eat it then you are in good company as many of the top twenty names sound absolutely delicious. These include names such as Cocoa, Peaches, Ginger, Brandy and Popcorn.  There has also been a trend lately to name your dogs after sweet and tasty delights. In fact names in the top twenty include Brandy, Ginger and Taffy. Names like Popcorn, Cocoa and Peaches are also very popular.  If you don’t want to curse your dog with a bad name then you should probably avoid the name Rocky. According to an article in the San Francisco Examiner (1977) dogs that bite are most often named Rocky.

Medical Conditions That Cause Piddling

If your dog or cat is going outside the box or in your home he or she may be giving you a cry for help. Here is a list of medical conditions that can cause this

Bladder Stones

This condition refers to “stones” forming in the urinary tract. The location of such stones is most commonly the urinary bladder, but stones can also form in the kidneys, ureters and urethra. include blood in the urine, straining to urinate, frequent urination, increased thirst, urinating in unusual places or where inappropriate, urinating small volumes of urine, unusual urine odor and sometimes abdominal distention or pain.

This is a disease that can occur in either dogs or cats. It is inflammation of the urinary bladder. Aside from going outside the box or having lots of accidents, the animals void frequently, straining to urinate, pain when urinating, blood in the urine, foul or unusual odor of the urine and sometimes an increased thirst.


Frequent urination and thirst are symptoms of diabetes in both cats and dogs.

Ectopic Uretors

This is a common birth defect occurs in female dogs and cats. The ureters, which bring urine from the kidneys to the bladder, insert into the lower urinary tract in an abnormal position it is called ectopic ureter(s). Clinical signs include a constant urinary incontinence that begins at an early age, often before the cat or dog reaches 6 months of age. Some cats will also urinate normally at times, while others may never exhibit normal urination and have to be put down.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Syndrome (FUS)

Basically this is a term to describe a syndrome that is particular to cats, which is essentially to urinate outside the litter box. FUS can have many causes including a tumor, herpes virus and congenital bladder defects.

Impacted Anal Glands

This causes vomiting urinating and the vomiting of yellow bile in both cats and dogs. Your vet can gently express the dog or cat’s anal sacs to relieve the pressure.

Kidney Disease

Frequent urination and excessive thirst may indicate that your dog or cat has any one of a number of kidney diseases. One symptom to watch for is urine that is a very pale yellow.

Urinary Incontinence

This occurs in both cats and dogs. Usually it affects older animals. Incontinence would be considered as a loss of some degree of voluntary bladder control. The storage of urine and proper voiding is a complex mechanism involving several muscle and nerve groups. Dysfunction of any part of the system can result in bladder control being lost.

Symptoms include dribbling, lack of awareness of urination. inability to urinate, total voiding when lifted or touched, straining to urinate and some abdominal pain.

Urinary Tract Block

This is a condition unique to male cats. Debris lodges in their uretor and creates a dam until it is impossible for the cat to urinate or for the cat to control their urination habits. Symptoms also include staggering, bloated belly and abdominal pain.