One of the scariest things about losing your dog is that they may get into physical danger. If your dog has a preexisting condition, that fear multiplies. When your dog is lost, the only thing (other than a microchip, which only vets can check) identifying and tying them back to you is their ID tag.
There are several main purposes for your dog's ID tag: identifying them, relating any critical health information, and getting them back home to you via your contact info. I'm always surprised when I see a lot of dog's ID tags - many times, there's a cute paw print stamp or unused white space that could instead contain important information.
Here are simple tips on making sure your dog's ID tags are effective and contain key information:
1. Make sure your telephone numbers (yours, your partner's, your vet's) are clearly printed on the tag.
2. If your dog has any medical conditions, make sure it is clearly stated on the ID tag, along with any need for medication.
3. Clearly print the city and state in which your dog lives. If your dog strays outside of the city you live in, it's important that the person who finds them knows where to return your dog.
4. Lastly, make sure the ring holding your dog's tag is secure! These rings come loose from time to time, so be sure to check it frequently to ensure that it is fastened firmly. Another option is to get a collar that has a plaque fastened into the collar to prevent any chance of their ID information getting lost.
Remember, if you lose your dog, immediately report them as lost on the Finding Rover app to speed the recovery of your pup and expand your search!