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Have you been shopping recently for dog tags? There are so many styles, shapes and colors to select from. How do you choose?

You have your choice between; brass, plastic, stainless steel, aluminum and even gold tags (have your jeweler make those).

Brass- Brass is a soft metal, consisting of mostly copper (over 70%) and 30% zinc. Brass is pale-yellow in color. Brass tarnishes easily. Some companies will lacquer over the information on the identification tag. But the lacquer wears down, especially if your dog is active.  Also being such a soft metal the imprinting will eventually wear down.

Plastic- Plastic identification tags donít rust and donít jingle against the collar like the metal tags. They are weather-proof and durable. The plastic can be engraved and reflector strips can be set in the plastic.

Stainless-Steel - Stainless-steel pet id tags will not rust. The color wonít rub off on your dogís fur. Stainless-steel is heat-treated (hardened) and extremely durable. You can laser-etch, engrave or emboss stainless-steel tags.

Aluminum - Aluminum should be your last choice. The machines that you see in pet stores and grocery stores where you can make your own tags, they use aluminum.  Aluminum is inexpensive because it is so pliable. Identification tags made from aluminum do not last. Lightweight, with a low melting temperature they can easily be destroyed.

Personalized dog tags

The information on your dog tags should be etched or engraved. Your name, address and phone number should show. However, in this day and age of identity theft, you donít want to show too much information. There is available tag registries where you can buy a dog identification tag and have it encoded with a number. Then, fill out the paperwork and send it into the registry and they will keep your personal information on file. On the tag then, would be the number assigned to your dog, and the registryís phone number on the back.  Pet Find Inc, Pet Finders and 911-Pets are three of the prominent tag registries.

There are also available slide-on collar tags. These identification tags fit flush against a cloth, or leather collar and snap down into place, lessening the chances of getting lost.

So why buy a dog tag?

Dogs tend to get lost, or run-off. An identification tag is the quickest way for someone to return your dog back to you.  Unlike cats, dogs are routinely picked up by animal control and taken to a shelter. If the dog is wearing a tag and collar, you will be contacted immediately. If there is no identification found, the dog will go into a short waiting period and then be put up for adoption, or even euthanized

The problem with collars and tags, are they can come off or be removed. To further protect your dog, have him micro-chipped at your vetís. The microchip is injected under the skin on the back of the dogís neck.  All stray dogs are scanned when brought into an animal shelter.


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