Choosing the Right Dog ID Tag for your Pet
Whether you are buying a tag for a new dog, or replacing the tags of an already beloved pet, your choice of dog id tags is an important one. Because many Veterinarians now recommend using a microchip, some pet owners may think pet ID tags are no longer necessary, but that is not true. Dog id tags are more important than ever. Though microchips are excellent technology, pet ID tags allow those without microchip technology to help in the return of your pet. You might consider having your phone number or address imprinted on your dog id tags. This may help secure the return of your pet without the finder bringing it to a shelter, where microchip reading technology is usually available.
Choosing the text for your pet ID tags involves some thought. Usually, the text includes your pet's name. This is helpful because it allows the rescuer to interact with your dog and calm it more easily. Usually, a phone number is also printed on the ID tag. Use a current phone number, and replace the tag immediately if the phone number changes. For extra security, give two phone numbers -- both yours, and the number of a close friend or family member. Use a phone that does not block private calls, to ensure that a potential rescuer can return your pet easily. You might also consider putting your address on the tag. This does, of course, have a potential downside. You may not want every stranger who encounters your dog to be able to see your home address. Another option is to include your email address.
You may wish to consider the color of your dog's collar and leash when selecting a tag. You may not wish to select a red tag if your dog's collar is pink, or otherwise clashes. The text of the tag should contrast sharply with the tag color. If your pet is found, it is important the rescuer can read the tag easily; this is especially important if your pet is resisting contact with the rescuer. To help counteract fading of the tag's colors in the sun, be sure that the text is not just painted on -- it should be imprinted for maximum security.