Personalized Dog Collars: Smart Pet Identification - Orvis
We often assume collars are safe and rely on them to carry our dog’s identification tags, but dog collar strangulation is sadly a possibility and there are more and more stories about this type of accident occurring. The collar may get caught in some branches or one dog may get stuck into another dog’s collar when playing. More and more doggy day cares are changing their policies on the use of collars and there are fortunately some safer alternatives to regular collars to help prevent the chance for dog collar strangulation.
Nothing could be scarier to a pet owner than the thought of a pet wandering alone through the city, unable to find their way back home! Pet identification tags have made it significantly easier to keep your pet safe in case of emergency, but you have to put the right information on them. The essential information to include when you order an engraved pet tag or create one yourself includes your pet's name and a telephone number, but can include other details, too. Here are some pieces of information you may wish to consider including on a pet identification tag: Pet's name This is usually considered essential, especially if your pet responds to having their name called. It means a stranger can more easily get your pet to trust them so they can get them to safety or hold them still to read the phone number. Phone number Try to provide the best phone number to reach you. If possible, with three lines to work with, include two different phone numbers, just in case. Always keep this updated when you change addresses or phone numbers. A cellphone number is good to include, in case your pet wanders off and someone calls you while you're out searching. Remember to include the area code. Microchipped status
If your pet has had a microchip implanted with more information about you, it is significantly easier to identify them, but only if the person examining your pet knows this. Including the word “microchipped” somewhere on the tag will let a vet know to look for a microchip. Street address
With enough room to work with – a large pet tag for a huge dog, for instance – you can even include a street address. This might not be safe if you live alone and a stranger reads your pet's tag, remember, but for a dog who runs away a lot, it might be the easiest way of getting them back home. This is of secondary importance compared to the name and phone number, though.
In general, you will have two to three lines of text to work with when getting an engraved pet tag or writing one yourself, as you should also keep them big enough to be legible to anyone without having to get too close to your pet. Even the calmest dog or cat probably doesn't like to be held by the neck by strangers for long, after all!
With an accurate and clear tag on your pet's collar, you will greatly increase the chance you get a phone call from someone who has found them before you spend days of heartache worrying about them. Getting pet identification tags is crucial for any pet owner. Check out our
CALL MY PEOPLE Pet Tag Vintage Inspired Pet Tags by Sycamore Hill, $16.00 DOG COLLAR TAG HORSE HALTER TAG HANDMADE HANDSTAMPED. You choose FONT, metal and shape. custom i.d. tags. personalized identification tagThree Degrees of separation: Microchipping Your Dog
And what is the backup plan if her entire collar goes missing? Enter microchip technology, a game changer for pet identification, rendering ID tattooing all but obsolete in recent years. The chip itself is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the animal’s skin (typically between the shoulder blades) with a hypodermic needle; it is minimally painful, or even painless, and is veterinarian recommended. The microchip stores two numbers: a unique identification number connecting the animal to its owner, and the phone number of the database where that particular animal is registered. A scanner passed over the chip emits radiofrequencies to activate it; the chip then transmits the unique ID back to the scanner, to be checked against the database. (Cue the sci-fi theme music.)But you are a minority among humans according to recent statistics: only 33% of pet owners keep identification on their critters. Sadly, the return-to-owner rate (RTO) for a lost dog in particular is only about 10% to 30% in most places, worse still for cats. It’s a no-brainer: your dog needs some kind of ID on her. And if you are not doing this one small but important thing for her, why on earth not? Dog ID tags, a personalized dog collar, and the microchip: they are three inexpensive but important lines of defense against lost—and even stolen—dogs.Thousands of pets wind up in animal shelters every year. If your dog gets lost, he could become one more of those shelter pets. You may not always be able to prevent your dog from getting out through an open door or slipping through a gap in your fence, but if you make sure your dog has an easy to spot, easy to read form of identification then you are giving him the best chance possible for making it home safe. Even though you can easily identify your pooch from a crowd of similar pets, chances are low that a stranger will be able to pick your dog out of a sea of canines. Your pup's collar should provide his name, your name, your address, your cellphone number and your veterinarian's information.