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Voting Is Open in ‘Wacky Pet Names’ Celebration

Each year, Nationwide hosts a public vote to decide the most imaginative names among the company’s recently enrolled pets.

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Choosing a name for your pet is the perfect time to unleash your creativity and embrace the unconventional. Whether a name is playful, punny or just preposterous, it signals thoughtfulness about a pet’s special place within a family.

Each year, Nationwide hosts a public vote to decide the most imaginative names among the company’s recently enrolled pets. This year’s Wacky Pet Names celebration spans species beyond dogs and cats to include avian and exotic animals with rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, a bird, a tortoise and a pot-bellied pig.

Voting is open June 5-9, 2023 here. The wackiest names in each category will be announced on June 13. Watch a video about the celebration:

Taking into account the science behind how pets hear and respond to different sounds, keep these naming tips in mind:

  • Use hard consonants and vowels. These are easier for pets to hear and respond to.
  • Consider a nickname for any names longer than one or two syllables.
  • Avoid names that sound like commands. Subtle differences in sounds confuse pets.
  • Test it out first to make sure you’re comfortable saying the name loudly in public.
  • To explore pet health insurance coverage for dogs, cats and many avian or exotic pets, visit petinsurance.com.

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