I hope this guide proves useful as many ID tag sellers appear to encourage pet and/or owner surname details to be put on the tags.
This guide is intended for dog owners, however it is also appropriate for cats although I do not believe the law currently requires cats to wear ID tags when roaming. There are also differences of opinion as to whether cats should wear collars as they risk being strangled by it if it gets caught on something. Of course, breakaway collars are available but these can work out expensive if your cat repeatedly returns home collarless!
- NEVER put your pet's name on an ID tag. What would happen if your pet was lost and some unscrupulous person found him/her? They would have your pet's name and be able to communicate with him/her directly. The animal, knowing their name, would be more willing to co-operate.
- By LAW at least your house name/number and postcode MUST be on your dog's ID tag and the tag worn at all times when the dog is away from home.
- Please think of security when considering putting your surname on a tag as well as address and telephone numbers. That's exactly the information contained on a letter or envelope which we are all advised to shred these days to prevent identity theft.
Basically, all you need on your ID tag is your house name/number, postcode and telephone numbers, preferably home and mobile so you can be contacted if you're still out searching. I have used the empty space on the reverse of my dog's tag to put 'microchipped' and this saves having an additional tag on the collar for that purpose.