Is it time to get a new personalised pet tag for your cat or dog?
You should replace your dog’s or cat’s pet tag when….
You get a new phone number – If you change your phone number, you’ll need to get a new pet tag for your cats and dogs. It’s best to list your cell phone number, so you can be contacted anywhere and everywhere.
You move to a new home – It’s important for your pet’s tag to have a current address.
You take your pet on vacation – Make up a new pet tag with your travel information.
Your pet’s tag becomes faded or difficult to read – Pet tags don’t last forever, especially when you have multiple tags on the collar, as they tend to rub together. Check your pet’s tag periodically to ensure it’s still easy to read the information.
Your pet develops diabetes or another serious condition – If your pet requires daily medication to survive, you must make up a medical alert tag of sorts. Many pet owners will also place a few days’ worth of pills in a small, waterproof vial which can be affixed to the pet’s collar.
A new collar can also serve as grounds for a new pet tag, as you want your dog or cat to coordinate!
With these tips, you’ll maximise your chances of bringing your dog or cat home of they ever get lost!
Does your dog try to pull his head out of the collar when you try to go for a walk on a leash?
Many dogs are very sensitive to the sensation of pressure that is applied to the neck by the collar; this pressure is pronounced while walking on-leash.
For these pets, try a harness instead. This eliminates discomfort due to the pressure on the dog’s neck.
Harnesses have an area for affixing your pet’s tags, so they’re a nice alternative to collars.
And harnesses are great for walking on-leash, as they evenly distribute pressure across the dog’s rib cage and torso, rather than his neck. This makes harnesses especially good for pets who tend to pull when they get excited on-leash. Intense pulling and jerks can cause serious injuries to the dog’s neck muscles and nerves. Horner’s syndrome is an example of one condition that can arise from an injury to the pet’s neck while on leash.
Another bonus? Even if the leash or harness becomes compromised and breaks, the dog will still be wearing his collar with his ID tags, making it even more likely that he’ll find his way home quickly!
A collar with a current personalised pet tag is great, but a missing poster will help bring your pet home even faster, since other pet lovers will be on the lookout in the event that they spot your pet wandering around the neighborhood.
Your lost posters should include:
- large lettering that says “LOST CAT” or “LOST DOG,” visible from a distance of 20 feet.
- The pet’s photo.
- The pet’s name
- A description of the pet’s general appearance.
- Your phone number.
List the name that you actually use to call the pet. If your pet’s “real” name is Madison, but you call her “Madi”, list “Madi” as her name on the poster, as your pet needs to respond if someone calls her!
Also, keep one specific, identifying mark or trait private. You can use this information to confirm that a caller has found your pet.
Print at least 20 posters per pet. Place the posters in plastic sheet protectors and use duct tape to tape the opening closed. This will protect the poster from the elements. If you must place the poster up on a thin pole that’s narrower than the width of the poster, place a piece of cardboard behind the poster (inside the plastic sleeve) so it doesn’t flop over.
Missing posters will help bring your pet home quickly! And you won’t waste valuable time making posters when you should be searching for your pet!
So you’ve bought a beautiful new cat collar and personalized pet tags for your cat.
But you can’t seem to get your cat to wear it! Every time you put on her collar, she squirms, paws at her neck, runs in circles and even seems to pout! Or worse? You keep finding the breakaway collar ditched at various locations throughout the house!
This isn’t an uncommon dilemma among cat owners and while it can be tempting to give in, it’s important that your cat wears a collar so she has identification in the event she gets lost. So how do you get your cat to wear a collar? Consider the following tricks:
- Start as young as possible. Kittens tend to be much less resistant to wearing a collar. – Put the collar on for short periods of time while you’re interacting with the cat, playing, offering a treat or taking part in another activity that can serve to distract your kitty. This takes the cat’s mind off the collar; once they forget about the collar, they’ll often carry on with their normal activities
- Start without pet tags. These can serve to remind the cat that he’s wearing the collar, causing him to mess with it. So wait until the cat is accustomed to the collar before you put on the pet tags.
- Remove the bell. Bells are ideal for outdoor cats, as they warn potential prey items like birds and small animals of the cat’s presence. But they can make the collar adjustment process difficult. So temporarily remove the bell (or remove it permanently – indoor cats don’t really need a collar bell.)
- Opt for a stretch collar instead of a breakaway closure while your cat’s getting accustomed to the collar. Breakaway closures simply pull open when enough force is applied, so once they’ve learned how to get it off, it can be difficult to get your cat to keep its collar on! Instead, opt for a cat collar with a stretchy elastic segment. This too breaks if the cat gets hung up, but it’s not as easy for the cat to remove it on her own.
With these tips, your kitty will be collar-friendly in no time!
It’s time to get a new collar for your pet, but how do you pick out a collar that’s right for your pet? You’ll want to consider the following points.
Firstly, select a collar material that’s right for your pet’s lifestyle. Nylon collars are a perennial favourite and for good reason, as they’re extremely durable and versatile. They typically do well with a wide range of coat types and they’re also suitable for sensitive skin.
Leather collars are favoured by some pet owners, but it’s important to note that these can take years to “break in” and until that occurs, the hard edges can damage the pet’s skin and coat. With time, the leather softens, but in the interim, they can be rather uncomfortable, so they’re not ideal for short-coated breeds with sensitive skin or long-coated breeds with a fragile coat.
Metal link collars are favoured for training purposes, but these should not be left on the pet for an extended period of time due to the risk of choking.
It’s important to avoid using traditional buckle closure collars on extremely active pets, as they have a tendency of unbuckling with lots of activity.
When you’re putting on your pet’s collar, be careful to avoid making it too tight or too lose. It should not pull up and over the dog’s head with ease, but you should be able to easily slide two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck.
There are a couple different types of pet tag silencers that can be used to stop the jingling.
One type of pet tag silencer comes in the form of a rubber ring that goes around the perimeter of each tag. This rubber ring serves as a “bumper” of sorts, so the rubber rings collide instead of the metal tags. This can also prevent damage to the engraving that occurs when tags continually rub together.
Rubber ring-style dog tag silencers will not prevent the tag from hitting the ring or other collar hardware, so it won’t silence the tags completely. And the rubber rings can be difficult to find for unusual tag shapes or sizes.
Another type of pet tag silencer comes in the form of a little pouch. These can be used with any size or style of tag and they will prevent all forms of jingling. It will prevent the tags from colliding with each other and it will prevent them from hitting the collar ring and hardware.
The downside to pouch-style pet tag silencers is that they cover up the tags, so you can’t enjoy the decorative designs on the front of the tag. But they do tend to keep the tags in great condition.
Notably, you should seriously reconsider if you wish to use a tag silencer for your cat’s tags. The reason? The jingling of the tags serves to give birds and other wildlife a bit of advanced warning that they’re being stalked. This helps to save the local wildlife from falling prey to your cat. In fact, that’s why many cat collars are equipped with bells!
Now that you’ve found a fabulous pet tag, it’s time to find a fabulous collar for your dog! There are a wide range of dog collar styles out there, each with a specific use or application.
Nylon collars are among the most popular and versatile. Traditional buckle closures can be a bit less secure than the plastic snap-closed buckles, so that’s a major consideration.
Leather collars are a durable, attractive option for your dog, but they can be very stiff at first. It can take a few years for the collar to “break in.” But once it does, it can be very soft and comfortable.
Limited choke collars have a small area that cinches tighter when you pull on the loop that you attach to the leash. These are great for dogs who pull on leash, but they can be dangerous as they present a choking hazard if the dog’s collar get’s caught up.
Slip collars are used for training and walking only, as they pose a choking hazard. But they can be a safe and useful training tool, when used properly. They can be made of nylon or chain.
Pinch collars, also called prong collars, also have a “choke” mechanism. They have a series of prongs that sit around the dog’s neck; they pinch the neck when the dog pulls on the leash. It’s designed to play to the dog’s instincts to yield and submit, as the “pinch” simulates the feeling of the pack leader or mother dog’s teeth on the dog’s neck. But these collars have tremendous potential for injury, especially nerve damage and puncture wounds and the pain can actually elicit aggression due to the pain and resulting fear. Therefore, pinch collars should only be used under the supervision of an experienced trainer.
If you’re looking for a way to remember your deceased cat or dog, or want to show off your love for your current furry friend?
Get a decorative pet tag with your pet’s name or nickname. Pet-Tags.com’s glitzy sparkling bling tags, fashion tags and glitter tags are great if you want a bit of sparkle. The colourful designer tags are fun and perfect for a charm bracelet or pendant.
The brass and silver stainless tags are also a great option if you’re looking for something more simplistic and sleek.
Wear your pet’s tag on a charm bracelet or as a pendant. It’s also a great decorative item for your keychain! Pet tags also make a nice decorative zipper pull for clothing or a backpack. It’s another fun way to show off your love for your dog or cat.
You can also use your pet’s tag as a easy identifier for your pet’s “diaper bag” that goes with her to and from doggy daycare or the doggy hotel.
And don’t forget to grab a tag for your other pet! Ferrets, rabbits, pet potbellied pigs, goats – they can all benefit from a pet tag for their collar or harness so they’ll be sure to find their way home if they accidentally get lost!
There are lots of different handy and creative uses for pet tags, aside from the obvious. Consider the following ideas:
– Use the dog tags as a medical alert tag for your pet.
– Use a pet tag as a fun medical alert medallion for your child.
– Pet tags can make a great piece of memorial jewelry to remember your pet. Use small tags as charms for a charm bracelet, with your pet’s names and dates, or use a larger tag as a pendant.
– Use a pet tag as a key ring. It’s a fun way to remember your pet and if you’re prone to losing your keys, you can have your contact information engraved on the tag.
– Pet tags are a great identifier for your child’s backpack.
– Use a pet tag to identify your luggage or gym bag.
– Use a dog tag to identify your pet’s “diaper bag” for doggy daycare or the pet hotel.
And remember that other pets can benefit from a pet tag as well, including potbellied pigs, rabbits, goats, pet monkeys and beyond!
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Pet-Tags.com’s pet ID tags will dramatically increase your pet’s chances of returning home if he or she ever gets lost.
While pet microchips are extremely effective, they do require a scanner, so the finder must bring the found pet to a veterinary clinic or animal control. This can result in a delay of hours or even days between the time the pet is found and the time when he’s returned to his owners. And if you’ve ever lost a pet, you know how stressful and positively frightening this experience can be!
If your pet is wearing an ID tag, the finder can contact the owner immediately upon finding the pet, so you’ll be reunited quickly, which means less stress for pet and owner alike!
If you’ve lost your pet, remember to do the following:
- Post lost pet posters in your neighbourhood, local shops, pet shops, veterinary clinics, grooming shops and other centres with lots of foot traffic.
- Post a lost pet notice on Craigslist and the many lost pet websites.
- Contact local animal shelters and animal control to report your pet as missing.
- Look for your pet at night. Many pets are too frightened to venture out from a hiding spot during the day, especially if the area has a lot of activity, foot traffic and vehicle traffic. The quiet, peace and darkness of night makes your pet more likely to venture out of a hiding spot and they’re more likely to hear you if you call his name.
Pet-Tags.com sells a wide range of pet tags for dogs and cats, including fashion tags, colourful designer tags, glitter tags, sparkling bling tags and beyond!