WHAT SHOULD I PUT ON MY PET’S ID TAG?
In this article you will find out what information to have on an ID tag to increase the odds of your pet’s safe return in case they are ever lost.
Today, the importance of having an identification tag on a pet is not obvious to everyone. Luckily, in many countries (for example: The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia) it is mandatory by law that once a dog is registered, in addition to a microchip, they must wear a visible ID tag with the owners contact information.
It is important to clarify that there is a difference between a microchip and an identification tag, as they are two different, but very important identification methods that should coexist and be used together.
WHY YOUR PET NEEDS AN ID TAG?
Some people are of the opinion that if their pet is microchipped, they do not need an ID tag. This is incorrect, and pets should always have visible identification on their collar.
Unfortunately, there is a chance your dog will get lost at least once during their lifetime. And even though technology has increased the odds of them being reunited with their owner, outfitting your dog or cat with an ID tag is the easiest and cheapest way to prevent them from being lost forever.
Wearing identification also makes your pet more approachable to strangers. It indicates they are not a stray, which may spur someone to take protective action.
WHAT SHOULD I WRITE ON MY ID TAG?
Losing a pet is one of the most stressful things you can go through and while most pet parents do everything they can to keep their furry friends safe, accidents do happen. Unfortunately, these issues are far more common than most people think, and millions of dogs and cats find themselves lost each year. Therefore, providing them with an ID tag, engraved with current personal contact information, is essential.
- Current Phone Number(s)
Phone numbers are the most important thing that should be included on an ID Tag. This includes both home and cell phone as most often, this is the first thing people will try when they find a lost pet.
- Your Pet’s Name
Including their name on the tag can help during the rescue process. Chances are your lost pet is scared and confused about their new surroundings. Depending on their temperament, they may not feel comfortable with a stranger handling them. However, if they are called by name, it could make them comfortable enough to follow.
- Home Address
Depending on the type and size of the tag, it might be possible to include your home address. This is helpful if the pet is found close to home, but it is not considered essential data since most people that find a pet will call first.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TAG?
There are so many styles, shapes and finishes that choosing one can be challenging. When deciding on an ID tag there are things to consider:
- Size: picking the right size of tag for your pet is important, especially for smaller dogs and cats, since larger tags can hang to low and be bothersome.
- Function: depending on the amount of information you want to put on a tag could determine the type you need. If you want to add multiple phone numbers, a name and an address, then picking a tag that is capable of being engraved on both sides, like the Basic collections from MyFamily, might be best.
- Features: If silence and durability are what you like then HusTags by MyFamily are perfect since they have a metal core with an infused rubber boarder that protects the finish and engraved information, while preventing the “jingling” sound that traditional tags make.
- Style: Your pet has a unique personality that will surely be captured by one of MyFamily’s more than 600 designs. Ranging from the Friends collection, which are representative of the most familiar dog breeds, to the luxurious Glam, embellished with real Swarovski crystals, there is something for every dog or cat.
All MyFamily tags come with free engraving and with so many options available, there is no reason for not having a personalize ID tag on your pets collar. This simple purchase will keep your pet safe while giving you peace of mind.