Survey indicates geography impacts pet longevity

"Weight gain, especially in cats, happens gradually and may be difficult for owners to know has happened," adds Klausner. "Simply weighing the pet twice a year is important."

The Banfield survey also tallied the most common pet names. For cats, they are:

Kitty

Bella

Tiger

Max

Smokey

The most popular dog names include:

Bella

Max

Buddy

Daisy

Coco

To see more survey results, go to stateofpethealth.com

(Steve Dale welcomes questions/comments from readers. Although he can't answer all of them individually, he'll answer those of general interest in his column Send e-mail to PETWORLD(at)STEVE DALE.TV. Include your name, city and state. Steve's website is http://www.stevedalepetworld.com; he also hosts the nationally syndicated "Steve Dale's Pet World" and "The Pet Minute." He's also a contributing editor to USA Weekend.)

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