What information to put on dog ID tags

Our furry friends are an integral part of the family and from soft toys to their favourite food and the comfiest dog bed to the longest country walks, we always treat them with the love and care they deserve. Part of that care includes ensuring that they have an ID tag attached to their collar at all times. Read on to find out what to include on your dog's ID tag and what to avoid, to make sure your pet pooch can always find his way back home.

Why does your dog need an ID tag?

Legislation states that all dogs out in public spaces must wear a collar with their owner's contact details clearly engraved or printed on either the collar itself or better still, an ID tag. This dog tag law makes sure our canine companions are protected if they get lost or injured and need bringing back home. A dog found without identification can be listed, by law, as a stray dog, and owners can be fined for not adhering to the legislation.

What information should you include on your dog's ID tag

A dog's identity tag must include the surname of the owner, the address and the postcode. If there is space, it's advisable to engrave the address in full, but if not, use the house number, street and full postcode. One of the easiest things to do is also include an up to date phone number, preferably a mobile, so that anyone who finds your dog can contact you immediately. Along with these contact details, if space permits, it's a great idea to also add any medical issues or food allergies your pet may have. And if you have a deaf dog, it's advisable to engrave that information on the tag too. Again, if space permits, let the tag do the talking and state that your dog is also microchipped.

What information should you avoid on your dog's tag?

Although it's awful to think about, there are people in society that steal dogs from homes or parks or even keep dogs that are found missing. This is why you should never include your dog's name on their ID tag. Instead, substitute it for your own family name. Remember that you are acting on your pet's behalf and want to protect them in every way possible.

The personal touch

Lastly, it's a lovely idea to use a personal touch when engraving your dog's ID tag. Using words such as 'Help me, I'm lost' or "These are my family's details" adds a sweet touch when you're communicating on your dog's behalf. And don't forget, you can still make your ID tag stylish! There are plenty of shapes, colour and sizes to choose from, along with an array of different fonts.