A dog’s pet tag is small and has limited space, especially when you don’t utilise both sides of it.
That is the way with Donna’s tag. One side has a paw print design, the other side is where we engraved our contact details.
Donna’s first pet tag was like this but purple:
We had our initials on it, and our two mobile numbers and that’s pretty much it.
I read with interest that in the US, dogs have multiple tags that include their proof of rabies vaccination and also their registration numbers, etc.
Our laws only require us to have the dog microchipped, since the tag can be lost when the dog is out and about. Nevertheless, we wanted to have our contact numbers on it to make sure that should someone find her, they can return Donna as efficiently as possible without having to go to the vet (cost incurred for the good samaritan?) to have the microchip scanned, or turning Donna in to the AVA or the SPCA. The microchip, for us is really a last resort should the dog tag be lost.
Donna’s current pet tag is a silver disc bordered with blue crystals, similar to this picture (left).
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I used to hang a bell on her collar, so I know where she is. But the new bells I bought were too loud. So I have her pet tag clicking against a decorative keychain charm instead. Silly, because that clicking knocked a crystal off the tag and also the charm :(
It hadn’t once occurred to me that the dog would have any issue with the dog tag. Donna certainly didn’t. She was always very tolerant of my antics, from the bell to the dog tag. I like hearing where she was in the house, when I’m not in the same room. :P
But it seems that some dogs have a harder time getting used to it than Donna. Our cousin’s dog doesn’t sleep well with it. The clanking keeps waking the light sleeper up. I wonder if this problem is common with other dogs, and what other owners do to help their dogs?
Sliding tags may be a great solution for those who bought flat collars. The great thing about them – unlike hanging tags, they don’t drop off unless the whole collar is pulled off the dog.
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– Pictured left: Slide-On Pet ID Tag | Size Large Collar Tag | No Noise | 8 Colors
– These stainless steel ones come in different sizes.
Our Donna, she pretty much sleeps like a log with or without the collar and its attachments. Which is great for us because the martingale collars we have for her do not work with slide-on tags, no better how much I like them. *wry smile*