How To Use Pet Tags To Inform People About Your Dog & Health

How To Use Pet Tags To Inform People About Your Dog's Health

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Humans are not the only ones to have serious health problems that could use attention. Pets deserve to have their health ailments recognized in case of a medical emergency, or if a pet becomes lost or separated from its owner. Pet tags are an easy way to identify whether a dog may have allergies, respiratory problems, vision impairment, or other essential information. Outfitting a dog's collar with tags about their health help an animal who is unable to speak for themselves.

Some owners may feel that a tag beyond a pet's name is not necessary, but if something unfortunate were to happen, you would want your pet to get a fighting chance. Accidents and unforeseen events do take place, ranging from a caregiver accidentally giving a pet a dangerous treat, car accidents, or runaways. When things do happen, a pet tag might be capable of saving an animal's life and ensuring they get appropriate treatment in an emergency.


Common Health Ailments Your Pet May Incur

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Depending on the breed of your animal, common genetic health ailments, or lifestyle-related problems, a medical tag could be beneficial. You can outfit your dog's collar with a tag designated for the following health conditions.

  • Heart condition
  • Diabetes
  • EpileAddison's Disease

Tags can also include any necessary medications and dosage that your animal might need. Additionally, it may be helpful to attach a weatherproof container with a small amount of life-saving medicines to your pet's collar, along with medical tags in case they become lost.

If a dog has a severe health condition, it should be mandatory to give them a tag to alert others. Dogs who need their medication to survive and stay healthy need extra care and attention. In case a dog is lost and found, adequate care can be taken to ensure the dog stays alive and well until reunification.


Using A Tag Works

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Most pet owners can purchase a tag with pertinent information that is made from aluminum or stainless steel. Medical conditions can be emphasized with a caduceus on one side, and the medical condition on the other side. Tags for pets are reasonably inexpensive and cost under $20 on average to get a durable, engraved identifier for a collar.

Tags can be customized a bit, based on color options, size, and attachment type. Owners can select tags that alert others to their dog's health conditions, such as dietary restrictions, arthritis, allergies, medication needs, and more. It is helpful to both use a microchip and a tag for your pet. Some places may not be able to scan a microchip to read it correctly, so a visible physical tag is readily accessible.


No Excuse Not To Get Tags For Your Pet

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Even though many people may agree that it is essential to give a dog tags with their information in case of emergency, still, few people commit to this practice. According to a study conducted by the ASPCA, only 33% of people make it a point to put a tag on their pet. It may seem a little weird to tag a pet if they stay mostly indoors, but in case they get out, a tag offers some protection. If a beloved pet gets out of the house, someone might think that they are a stray or have not been vaccinated if they do not have a tag. Tagged pets are more likely to get help and reconnected to their owners and returned safely home.

Newer tags for pets allow for faster identification, thanks to linking to online profiles. PetHub offers pet parents the option of outfitting their furry family member with a digital tag, in case an animal gets lost or injured outside of the house. Tags are budget-friendly and can be created in a myriad of color and material options. There is no excuse not to give pets a smart tag that matches their personality and accents their collar nicely.


What To Do If Your Dog Gets Lost

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If you don't put appropriate tags on your pet, or you realize that your dog has gotten its collar off, you will want to take action.  It can be a traumatic experience losing a furry member of the family, so you will need to stay calm. Try to visit shelters for animals within a significant radius from your home on a daily basis if possible. Put up flyers with information about your dog, and make posts online. If your dog has tags that alert people to health conditions or necessary medication, do so for faster identification.

You can contact your local police department for assistance with your search, especially if you do not have any local animal shelters nearby. Do not give up hope on getting your pet home. If your pet has identifying tags, you may have an increased chance of reuniting with your dog, versus relying solely on a microchip. Advertise wherever you can about your lost pet, and beware about scams that prey on your unfortunate time. If you have yet to put a tag on your pet, consider talking with your veterinarian about options to tag your dog for future security.


Remove Obstacles To Tagging Your Pet

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Pass on getting cheap rings to attach tags with your dog's health information. Make sure that the collar your dog wears is appropriate for their size, comfortable, but doesn't easily slip off. If your pet has a skin condition or irritation which makes wearing a collar uncomfortable, treat the condition and keep a close watch on your pet.

Don't be overly frugal about getting a durable tag for your pet that matches both of your lifestyle needs and personal expression. You want a tag that will not easily let critical information scratch off or fade away, which is legible. If you let your dog go outdoors, make sure that the tags are securely attached to the collar frequently. Replace tags that are in disrepair or hard to read. Make sure that tags have updated information in case your dog's medication dosage or type changes, or they develop a new condition.


What About Microchips

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According to sources like Animal Law, a little over half, or 52.2% of dogs with a microchip get reunited with their owners. However, a microchip might not include pertinent health information. If a pet does not have a microchip or identifiable tags, they might be assumed to be a stray and euthanized if left at a shelter unclaimed for long enough time.

Most animal shelters and veterinarians will scan a dog to see if they have a microchip, in hopes of learning more about the animal. Depending on the technology available and standards of practice, the microchip might not be read correctly or at all. Using physical tags alerting a dog's health information, address, name, and contact information offer a double layer of protection. Make sure to register your canine friend with local government, and consider the benefits of both microchipping and using tags for your pet.


Real-Life Scenarios Where Tags Save Pets

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Pet tags are an invaluable means of protecting your pet against the unexpected. If a dog is scooped up after wandering around outside, a pet tag can eliminate unnecessary vaccinations. If an animal has epilepsy, diabetes, or a heart condition, anyone who sees the pet tags will know how to treat better and approach a dog.

There have been countless stories of heartbroken owners who rued not getting pet tags with information beyond their pet's name, or who only used a microchip. At the very least, it is good to tag an animal with the contact information of an owner, and the name of the animal.

If a dog is scooped up by a well-meaning person, or taken in by a shelter, it will undergo a medical examination to uncover the dog's condition. A tag with information alerting about epilepsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, or dietary restrictions can help reduce costly guesswork, testing, and paperwork. If someone is charged with the care of a dog, tags divulging health information can be used as a reminder to maintain correct diet and medication needs. It can be devastating to leave a dog with someone, only to find out that they neglected allergen sensitivities, or forgot to administer the right dosage of life-saving medication.

As a pet parent, you do have rights regarding the treatment and care of your animal. However, if you are prone to letting your dog wander around outside unattended and untagged, it could be a potential problem waiting to unfold. Getting tags made that reflect the specific needs of a dog can help ensure a better quality of life for a canine.

Even if someone encounters a dog with medical tags, and has limited expertise in handling a crisis moment, the tags can provide the information necessary to find a solution. Reduce the chance of a dog being placed in a dangerous or stressful situation by using tags. Your dog's health and life may depend on taking preventative measures.


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