It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare: your pup gets loose, and there’s no way for anyone to identify them. Luckily, there are easy steps you can take to avoid finding yourself in that situation. By fitting your pup with personalized pet tags, for example, you make it easy for someone to contact you if they find your furry friend on the street.
In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons why you should get personalized pet tags for your dog and offer some suggestions on where to buy them. After all, a pet tag could make all the difference in reuniting you with your four-legged friend.
Why pet tags are important
Even if your dog usually stays inside, they should still have a tag that includes your contact information in case they run away or get stolen. That way, the good Samaritan who finds your pup will be able to contact you.
In particular, you should have at least one current phone number listed on your personalized pet tags. It’s the fastest way to reach you in an emergency — especially when your pup is on the loose, and there isn’t a moment to waste.
Many people (mistakenly) believe that they don’t need a pet tag if their dog is microchipped. While it is important for your dog to have a microchip, you shouldn’t use it as your only insurance policy if your dog gets lost. When a stranger finds your dog on the street, it’s a hassle for them to bring your pooch to the vet for a microchip scan when they could’ve just called the phone number on their tag.
All things considered, buying a custom tag for your dog is a low-cost, high-reward measure. It’s a simple thing you can do to keep your precious pup safe and give you peace of mind.
Where to buy personalized pet tags
Now that you understand the benefits of personalized pet tags, you’re probably wondering where you can purchase one. Customizable tags are fairly easy to find, depending on how particular you are about choosing a unique design.
If you’re okay with a simple style, you can head to your closest pet supply store and have one printed. You might even be able to find a self-service pet tag kiosk at Walmart or another big-box retailer in your area.
For something a bit more unique, check out boutique pet stores or online retailers. You can find pet tags in various shapes, sizes, materials, and patterns at these types of stores. Etsy is a good starting point if you’re looking for something that’s more personalized for your pooch.
Just like getting your pup vaccinated, properly tagging them is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. If you’ve been putting it off, consider the benefits we’ve shared in this post. Ideally, you’ll never have to deal with your dog running away. However, it’s a good idea to be prepared just in case.
For more pet ownership tips and resources, check out the PetPonder blog.