The nation's unluckiest pet names revealed

The nation's unluckiest pet names revealed

If you own a crossbreed dog called Charlie or a domestic shorthair cat called Oscar, chances are you will be taking a trip to the vet soon. After looking at pet insurance claims, the Co-op Insurance can reveal these are the unluckiest pet names in the UK.

Digestive system disorders are the most claimed for illness for dogs named Charlie, followed by skin conditions and neurological disorders, such as seizures, head tilt, tremors or blindness, with crossbreed owners being the most likely to make a claim.

Usually known for their dexterity and agility, it seems unlucky cats called Oscar really do need their nine lives, with the most claimed for condition being road traffic accidents, followed by gastro-intestinal disorders, with mouth and oral problems also being common. Owners of domestic shorthairs are more likely to claim than any other cats.

When it comes to naming your pet, also steer clear of naming dogs Alfie - last year’s unluckiest pet name - Bella and Max, and if you’re after a lucky puss, avoid calling it George, Charlie or Alfie.

Interestingly, male pets are more likely to run into bad luck than their female counterparts.

With the average insurance claim for dogs amounting to £510 and cats £475, the need for owners to protect their animals from illness and accidents has never been greater.

David Hampson, Head of Pet Insurance at the Co-op, said: "Regardless of the name of your pet, making sure you have a pet insurance policy in place to cover these eventualities can be the best way to protect them and avoid unwanted vet's bills, whilst providing you with peace of mind."

Unluckiest pet names

Top 10 Dog

  1. Charlie                        
  2. Alfie
  3. Bella               
  4. Max                        
  5. Ruby                  
  6. Molly                     
  7. Rosie                            
  8. Oscar                       
  9. Bailey                  
  10. Poppy                   

Top 10 Cat

  1. Oscar
  2. George
  3. Charlie
  4. Alfie
  5. Felix
  6. Max
  7. Leo
  8. Molly
  9. Billy
  10. Coco                          

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