Should My Pet Have An ID Tag?


When you welcome a pet into your home, you are making it a part of the family. Thus, keeping it safe becomes a top priority. If you have a strictly indoor pet like a rabbit or a gerbil, one that spends most of its time in a cage and is too small to wear a collar, then an ID tag probably isn’t a concern, though in some cases it may be worthwhile to inquire to the vet about an identification chip.

Meanwhile, if you have a cat, the unfortunate fact is that many of them simply will not tolerate having a collar placed upon them. Some cats simply cannot be forced into collars, while others manage to remove them later, often at bodily risk to themselves. Of course, it’s best for the safety of the cats and any small creatures that might be roaming the neighborhood that the cats remain inside, but this isn’t always possible.

While most cats who dash out the door will resurface later that day, it’s a smart idea to have some way of identifying them in case they end up in the hands of a neighbor or the Humane Society, and this is where the insertion of an identity chip becomes an especially good idea. While it’s slightly more expensive than an ID tag, it’s more permanent and has helped many people find their lost pets.

When you get a dog, one of the first things that you should do is invest in an ID tag. Pet identification tags are easy and cheap to create and purchase. You can often find them at a local pet store for around five dollars, with up to four lines of text containing information such as your name, address and phone number. One popular design has the dog’s name on the front and the contact information on the back. This way, the name is in extra large print so that a stranger can call your dog over, then flip the tag to find out where it came from.

Tag design isn’t generally a major consideration, but most stores will offer a choice. Some common options include a circle, a heart and a dog bone. These may also come in a variety of colors. Meanwhile, the engraving is usually done in white, silver, gold or black. White and black are generally the easiest to read, and it’s probably best to stick with a basic font that won’t leave any room for confusion. The easier the information is to read, the more quickly you will get your dog back.

While every dog should have a collar and ID tag, it’s still a good idea to get the chip implanted. That way, even if the collar somehow becomes lost – or if the dog runs away while the collar is off for a bath – it will be possible to trace it back to you. It’s all too easy for dogs to get away from their owners now and then, and knowing that your dog is protected by multiple forms of identification will give you some peace of mind as you undertake your search. A dog can’t tell strangers where it came from, so it’s up to you to do the prep work. Don’t let a brief separation turn into a fruitless quest; be proactive about dog identification and ensure as quick a reunion as possible.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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