Pet ID Tags 101
Pet ID Tags that don’t hold up over time are a waste of money and could end up costing you your pet. All traditional hanging tags are subject to friction, and thus like all things subject to friction, doomed to fail in time. CollarTags™ are not subject to friction and thus never wear out or fall off your pet’s collar (read our CollarTag™ lifetime Guarantees). If you use traditional hanging tags and the ring or hook has worn out, the hole in the tag has worn through, or your contact information has been erased due to the tag rubbing against other tags or collar hardware, your pet’s finder will not be able to contact you.
Just say “NO” to laser “engraved” Pet ID Tags. Tags texted with this marking method may look good in a picture on a web sites; but what matters is how the text on your Pet’s ID Tag looks to the finder of your lost pet years later when your pet goes missing. The fact is laser text is not engraving at all; the process merely burns a light image into the top few microns of the tag surface and quickly wears off. The process is more akin to printing than engraving. I can use any marking method I want—but I will NEVER offer laser “engraved” id tags to unsuspecting pet owners, I would consider it unethical to do so. A laser “engraved” Pet ID Tag could end up costing you your pet.
Just say “NO” to tags made of aluminum (the colored metal tags offered in big box store vending machines). Aluminum is a good metal for soda and beer cans; but it is too soft for your Pet’s ID Tag, and, the color coating quickly wears off leaving a dull grey metal that will discolor your pet’s coat. Tags made of aluminum do not hold up over time.
The purpose of your Pet’s ID Tag is to allow the finder of your lost pet to contact you. A pet id tag that does not remain legible over time is a waste of money and could end up costing you your pet. We put ID Tags on our pets so that if they ever go missing the person who finds them will be able to contact us and we will end up with a HAPPY OUTCOME as opposed to a BROKEN HEART. Seems obvious, doesn’t it? And yet from the questions I get it is clear that many people do not have this obvious and very important function of their pet’s id tag foremost in mind. Your pet’s id tag is not “bling.” Think of your Pet’s ID Tag as an inexpensive pet-loss / heartache prevention insurance policy. Like all insurance policies we hope we never need it—but we are SO GLAD we purchased the policy if we ever do need it. If you buy an ID Tag that does not hold up over time and your pet goes missing you may never see your beloved pet again—it’s important that you buy an excellent pet loss insurance policy, i.e., an id tag that remains legible long after you put it on your pet’s collar.
CollarTags™ may require you to “think outside the box” but I sincerely believe they should make all traditional hanging tags obsolete.
Bottom Line: There is no Pet ID Method that will better serve to ensure that the finder of your beloved lost will be able to contact you than having a CollarTag™ on its collar will—a CollarTag™ will always be there with contact information the finder of your lost pet can read—and if your pet ever does go missing that is all that will matter to you.