Dog ID Tags
The best way to identify a dog is through a dog tag. A dog tag is attached to the dog’s collar and bears the name of the dog in front of the tag. At the back, the personal and medical information of the dog is also listed, such as the address and contact numbers of the owners, blood type, allergies, and pre-existing conditions.
A dog tag is also important if the dog likes to run around and escape the house, as they might get lost. When a dog is lost, having an address at the back of the ID tag will make it easier for the people to return the dog to you.
Important Features to Look For in an ID Tag
- The name of the dog should be displayed in front, printed, or engraved in large letters.
- The name and address of the pet owner should be printed at the back. Handwritten information might be smudged or washed away.
- One must ensure that the tag will not be separated from the collar.
Factors to Consider in Dog ID Tags
Size and visibility – The ID tag should be big enough to display the dog’s name. Depending on the personality of the dog, there are a lot of options to choose from dainty to bold designs, and from pastel to bright colors. A smaller, cute version is available for toy dogs, while a larger tag is available for big dogs.
Material – The dog’s ID tag should be able to sustain and weather the wear and tear of the dog. It should have a rust-free coating that makes it sturdy and durable. The most common materials of dog ID tags are aluminum and stainless steel. Brass is the most traditional material and is very sturdy as well. An additional protective coating and plastic covers can also be used, making it waterproof.
Shapes – The most common dog ID tag shape is bone. Although other shapes include a paw print, heart, the shape, or the face of the dog, round, star, and oblong.
Types of Dog ID Tags
With Microchips – The microchips can tag the location of the pet and can show the veterinary records of the dog.
Engraved Tags – This type of ID tag is durable and can last a lifetime. It can offer up to eight lines of information at the back. This is the most common dog ID tag.
Slide-On Dog ID Tags – Also called no-noise collars, this type does not dangle against the collar, does not hang down, and therefore does not make a sound when the dog is moving. It comes with a snap closure collar or a belt buckle collar. It eliminates snagging, making both the tag and the collar last for a long time.
Glow-in-the-Dark Dog ID Tags – This type of ID tag is useful for walks in the morning or at night and comes with different designs. The glow-in-the-dark feature can be applied at the front and the back of the tag.
Dog Tag with an ID Tube – This type of dog ID tag is useful for dogs who travel extensively. A small piece of paper can be rolled inside the tube and snapped on the collar together with the dog tag.
Tattoo as ID tags – This is an innovative ID tag wherein a series of numbers is tattooed on the ear of the dogs. If the dog is lost, pet centers, and veterinary clinics can run the sequence on the dog database and will show the information about the dog.
QR code as ID Tags – To save the space on the other side of a tag, a QR code can be printed or engraved. When scanned, this will show the pertinent information of the dog such as the owner, its address, and the contact number.