All dog owners know that sometimes, despite your very best efforts, dogs can get out. It is vital that if this does happen, that anyone coming across your dog knows where they live or can contact you. It may seem like a no-brainer, but having a dog tag for your dog is incredibly important (even if they're microchipped). Most dog owners would agree and a study by the RSPCA in 2010 found that while 80% of pet owners thought dog tags were important, only 33% of them said that their own dog wears a dog tag all the time.
One of the biggest pro's to having a dog tag is being able to engrave contact information clearly, ultimately, having your phone number on your dog tag is the best way for anyone who comes across your dog to return them to you almost immediately. This stops the possibility of your dog being sent to a shelter or vets which could lead to you being separated from your pet longer than necessary and causing more stress on you and your pet.
Another area of importance with dog tags is that you could list any conditions your dogs may have, such as being deaf, blind or an allergy. This means that whoever does find your dog can take the necessary steps to help comfort your pet and keep them safe. It's all about making it easy for those who may find your dog to keep them safe and get them returned as soon as possible.
Dog tags don't cost an awful lot, but it is worth getting a good quality one in order for the engraving to stand your doggy's adventures! Our dog tag is from Collar's and Tags, which is of lovely quality and will stand the test of time.
Getting a dog tag really is so easy to do, and there is no excuse not to have one made. We would be heart broken if we were ever parted from our labrador, Lady. She is a vital part of our little family unit and brings so much joy to our daughter, Darcie.
Mummy B xoxox