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5 Ways to Display Your Pet’s Identification

By Stacy Painter
July 28, 2021 • 2 min. read
cat in grass wearing collar

Having some form of identification for your pet is essential should they become lost, and it’s never too soon to make sure your pet is properly outfitted with an ID tag that provides your contact information should someone find your lost pet. Visible identification is especially important when you’re traveling or away from home because your pet can’t use familiar scents and sights to find his way back home.

A microchip is a good first step to making sure your pet can be identified because once chipped, your pet is chipped for life. However, it takes a special tool (that most vets and shelters have) to scan a microchip, which is why visible identification is just as important.

You’re not limited to a hanging metal tag; in fact, you’ve got many choices! Here are several different ID options to consider for your dog or cat.

5 different types of visible pet identification

Traditional hanging ID tag

hand stamped dog tag
Photo credit: Etsy member TheWoodenWillow

Of course, we’re all aware of the classic hanging metal dog tag. These days, there are countless options, shapes, sizes, and colors galore to get the perfect tag suited for your dog’s personality. If you’re looking for something unique, consider shopping on Etsy for a handmade dog tag.

Silicone pet tag

doodle dog with silicone dog tag
Photo credit: SiliDog

If jingling tags are the reason your pet rarely wears his collar, then check out these silicone pet tags. They are lightweight, durable, and completely silent. However, if you have a dog that likes to wrestle, it is possible for the silicone to wear down over time and eventually break at the loop (speaking from personal experience).

Personalized embroidered collar

embroidered dog collars

A collar embroidered with your phone number and your pet’s name is another “silent” alternate to the traditional hanging ID tag. With big, bold letters, it’s easy to read from a distance, which makes this a good option for skittish dogs.

Slide-on ID tag

slide-on pet ID tag
Photo credit: RoadID

Here’s another great silent option for pet identification. The slide-on plate is made of metal which means it will last a long time, but it doesn’t dangle or jingle. Win-win! Plus you can easily transfer it to other collars without having to fuss with a metal key ring. For harnesses or collars with buckles, try the open-style slide-on ID tag.

Personalized harness

dog tag harness
Photo credit: Etsy member shopmimigreen

If collars aren’t really your pet’s thing, you might consider getting your pet’s harness embroidered with his contact information. Some pets are masters of escaping from their collars, so a personalized harness is a perfect solution to ensure your pet can always be identified.

Microchip: check. ID tags: check. For additional peace of mind, you may also want to get a GPS tracking device for your pet.

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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