Article by Kate Halpin
So you have brought your little bundle of joy home and he is settling in with the family nicely. You have got him his own little bowl, bed, lead & collar. The next most important task is to get him a Pet id tag. ‘I have had him chipped' I hear you say in response to this. Well, the fact that your new pet is chipped doesn't affect the legality of having an id tag on your pet when out in public.The Control of Dogs Order 1992 mandates that any dog in a public place must wear a collar or tag with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner on it. A telephone number is optional but advisable. Owners can be fined up to • 5,000 if their dog does not wear an identification tag.
This is where many dog owners differ. Some prefer to include the dogs name whereas some prefer to keep this private (some believe that giving the name of the dog can help thieves) and instead only include the family surname. Please bare in mind though The Control of Dogs Order 1992 quoted above.
As mentioned above the very least you should have is your house number/name & postcode. This would be beneficial if your dog is likely to roam the local neighbourhood. People would be able to bring you dog straight back to you without involving any vets or extra costs. Please always remember to update your address should you move.
It is best to always include an up to date phone number on the tag so that anyone that finds your dog can contact you immediately. Also bear in mind how contactable you will be on that number. Do you work in an environment which means you can't look at your phone during the day? If so, it may be best to include the number of someone else, a family member for example, who will be contactable throughout the day. A landline & a mobile number is also advisable but again, please remember to update any numbers.
If there is the space, always include any information that you think is worthwhile for the safety & security of your pet. Does he need medication; is he deaf; does he have food allergies? Information such as this could prove vital in a situation where your pet is in the hands of strangers. You may also wish to include that fact that your pet is chipped.
Always remember that a Pet ID Tag is a way of communicating important information on your dogs' behalf. If he was found by a stranger, what would you want him to say to them? It is best to think of your pet ID tag as peace of mind in case somehow you and your pet become separated.
Pet id tags these days do not need to be a boring, plain engraved tag. Pet Tags can have cool, unique designs which make an ID tag a fashion accessory as well as a safety mechanism. You can choose from a military style camo design or a Union Jack Flag. We have medical ID tags, funny ID tags, patterned ID tags, cute ID tags & many more. Engraving is sooo '20th century', with printed tags offering much cooler & many more designs with the flexibility of having a large amount of custom text. These tags are 100% waterproof, made to last and so stylish.
Medical & Informative Tags for Dogs
It is a sad fact that some dogs will become ill and need medication. We all love our pets and want to protect them. If you should find yourself in the position of your dog being diagnosed with a medical condition you may wonder what you can do to help protect them. One way is to protect with the use of a Medical Pet Dog ID Tag. These tags will let strangers know that you pet has a condition. These tags are double sided so you can include extra information on the reverse or simply include your telephone number or even the vets telephone number. These tags can contain information such as; I'm Deaf, I'm Blind, Medication Needed, I Have Allergies, I Have A Heart Condition, I Have Diabetes, I Have Arthritis and many more.
These tags can also be used to inform people that you have a working dog. You may wish to politely let members of the public know that your dog is trained to do a certain job. This could help with unwanted attention or help people understand the relationship between you and your dog. Again, these tags are double sided so you can include extra information on the reverse. These tags can contain information such as; Guide Dog, Hearing Dog, Service Dog, Assistance Dog, In Training, Autism Dog, Seizure Alert Dog & many more.
Help keep you and your dog safe with a Medical Pet Dog ID Tag from Pack Shack Pet Tags.
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