Thursday, 23 April 2015

16 of the Best Pet Tags For 2016

You are probably reading these lines cause you are thinking of getting a cool-looking tag for your dog or cat or maybe for a friend's pet. Perhaps you are looking for something funny, unique or premium. Maybe something cute or something totally out of the ordinary! Here is a list of tags I handpicked to help you in the quest to find the ultimate id tag! If you are too lazy to check the whole list you might want to go for number 16, it's my favorite:


the best cheapest, fully personalized pet tag
1. Cute Aluminum Personalized Tags
Looking for a high quality , fully customizable but cheap tag for your pet? Look no more! For only a few dollars you can get this beautiful, aluminum, fully personalized pet tag.

You can choose from a variety of cute shapes (bone, round, heart etc), colors and sizes (small or large). Needless to say, it comes engraved with the message of your preference.  Up to 4 lines of text on each side with a maximum of 18 characters per line

With hundreds of 5/5 star reviews you can't go wrong with this seller. I have personally tried him and I highly recommend him.

2. Dyno QR Scan Tags
Welcome to the Mobile Internet Age!! These tags have a QR code on the back and if your pet ever gets lost, anyone with a smartphone can simply scan the tag and you will be immediately alerted with texts and emails containing the GPS location taken from the smartphone of the person who found your little buddy. Furthermore, you can set up a free page with all the information you want to include.

Interestingly, this gadget is cheaper than you would think!

awesome star wars tag for dogs3. Star Wars Tags
The perfect option for the die hard star wars fan. Here we have a plethora of options. You can choose the Death Star Design, the Stormtrooper Design or the "My Human Is A Jedi" design.

The first two come with the "Lost and Found TM Pet I.D. Tag System" which allows you to store your pet's information, upload your pet's photo, health conditions, veterinarian and insurance information and other details in case your dog get's lost and somebody finds it. Neat!

4. Playful ID, Multiple Design Tags
These playful tags in 7 different designs, made from thick stainless steel that is made to last. Each tag comes with up to 4 lines of personalized text on the backside.

The available designs are .ird, crossbones, dog bone, flower, heart, squirrel and star. Click here to view them

slick, heart shaped, fully customized dog tag
5. Stainless Steel Pet Id Tags
These stainless steel pet tags are guaranteed to last longer compared to cheaper aluminum-made pet tags. They come in all kinds of shapes (heart, bone etc) and are laser engraved on both sides.

The engraving is clear, permanent, and attractive on a mirror-finish surface. Engravable on both sides, and up to 8 lines of personalized text, there's plenty of room for all of your pet's important information - up to 4 lines on the front and 4 lines on the back.

fully personalized Swarovski Crystal Tag
6. Swarovski Crystal Tags
For just a few bux, you can get this premium tag. It measures 1.5" long by 1" tall and has 26 genuine Swarovski crystals on the front side. Customization options include color (blue, red, pink and others)  and the engraved message of your liking.

And here's another very similar and a bit cheaper offer by another seller

barrel shaped, hollow tube id holder for pets
7. Anti-Lost Tag Barrel Tube
Changing your address often or maybe do a lot of traveling? There is no need to spend money on a new hanging id every time you need to update your contact information!

Just get this slick barrel tag and place piece of paper inside with your new contact info whenever you change address, phone number or whatever!

Click here for price and availability

beautiful, personalized  Slide-On Pet Tags
8. Slide-On Pet Tags Made by Stainless Steel
I really like these tags. They are simple, cheap, practical, beautiful and a perfect option for the dogs that like to rip off their tags. Just make sure your dog's collar is not the clip type cause you will be unable to slide them on. 

They come in three sizes and can have up to 4 lines of personalized laser engraved text. 

simple but cool custom made and fully personalized id dog collar
9. Custom Embroidered Dog Collar 
Not exactly a dog tag, but they serve the same purpose! These collars can be fully personalized to your dog, just choose collar size, thread color, text and you are good to go.

beautiful fully customizable dog tags10. Paw Print Round Stainless Steel Pet Tags
Stylish and durable, these beautiful stainless steel id tags are made from wearing-resistant polished stainless steel with a mirror finished look. Engraving includes up to 4 lines of text with 18 characters (including spaces) per line.

They come in two sizes, regular and small, making them perfect both for dogs and cats!

fully customizable jewelry pet collar tag with velcro
11. Custom Engraved Jewelry Collar Tag
This stylish and easy to attach  tag comes with a polished chrome appearance and has a lifetime and satisfaction guarantee.

Held in place by strong and durable Velcro that opens and closes to go securely around the collar. Available in three sizes (small, medium, large), many different colors and up to 5 lines of  engraved text.

Priced at $11.95, it is a nice option both for dogs and cats. However there are some people complaining about the velcro in the reviews so have that in mind before ordering!

12. Glitter Paw Pet Tags
Stylish, cute, beautiful, durable and fully customizable. Personalization includes 13 different colors and up to 3 lines of text, up to 13 characters per line.

These cute pawshaped  tags can be yours for a really unbeatable price.

Colorful and cute, the CNAttags come in multiple colors and sizes, making them perfect both for cats and dogs. Multiple fonts and all languages supported for the engraved message.

Most of the reviews come with 5 stars and there some customers have posted photos of their pets wearing them so I think this is a seller you can trust.

Click here to check them out

14. Crystal Round Heart by Cnattags
Another design by the same seller. Again, multiple colors, personalized message and a nice sexy crystal heart. It can be yours for less than 5 bux.

The majority of the reviews (80%) come with 5 stars so this seems like a cool purchsase for your pet. Click here to make this tag yours.

15. Cute Bone Shaped Dog ID Tag
I really love this one and I actually have two of them. Super cute, super good price and shipping was quite fast! Will definitely use them again!

Please note that the design and the name of your pet are sublimated on the front side only and not engraved. Click here to view this item.
16. Just get a military tag!
You can always go for something different and get an actual military.. dog tag for your pet. Simple and classy:)

This is the cheapest seller I could find, with 5 lines of the text of your choice. Probably you can find even better prices if you are willing to do some digging.

17. Tractive GPS Pet Tracker
Does your dog go missing all the time? Or maybe you want to make sure your dog sitter or walker, really gives your pup his daily exercise? If yes, you should definitely get your dog a GPS Pet Tracker. Tractive is one of the most popular and possible the best tracker considering it's price range.

What I really love about it is the "virtual fence", an option to set boundaries (e.g. the perimeter of your garden) and you’ll receive an alert if your dog ever goes outside of it.

Extras Part 1: Buyer's Guide, What To Look Out For Before Buying a Pet ID Tag
Now let's see some of the key-features you should focus on before buying the perfect tag for your dog (or another pet in general) in order to make a worthwhile investment that will last the test of time:
  • Overall Quality: The quality of the tag determines how sturdy and long-lasting the tag is going to be once you place it on your dog's collar. Unless you are one of those guys who loves getting a new fancy tag every few months, it is wise to invest in a high-quality, durable tag, even if it means payings a few extra bucks. Otherwise, be prepared to be buying a lot of cheap, low-quality replacements every now and then.
  • Material: Quality is strongly related with the material you choose. Generally, the options are stainless steel vs iron vs plastic vs aluminium vs some other type of material. If you want something durable go for stainless steel, metal, enamel or iron. Plastic and aluminium are cheap but unfortunately don't offer the same level of sturdiness and resistance to cracks and breakage as the aforementioned premium options. Down below you will find more info about the materials used.
  • Size of tag: Remember, the main purpose of the tag is to provide identification for your dog. Make sure to get one that offers adequate space for the info (adress, phone number, pet name etc) that you want to be included!
  • Prominent color: Another important factor to have in mind. The prominent color should complement the colouring of the engraved letters and words, to make it easier for people to read.

Materials & Types
One of the most important factors to consider before your final purchase is the material & type you want the tag to be made of. Below are the most common choices, some info about them and my opinion:
  • Aluminum: Hanging aluminum ID tags are one of the most popular options and this is no coincidence. The inscription on an aluminum tag is very easy to read and they tend to come for a dirt-cheap price if you ever need a replacement.  Not as durable as stainless steel but considering the price... who cares?!?! I guess they are not best choice for very active or outdoorsy pets as they might get tarnished and the engraving can rub off. Great for indoor dogs and cats. Another benefit is that they come in the widest selection of shapes, sizes and colors! You will surely find one that you like
  • Stainless Steel: One of the most commonly used materials. Very good durability, although a bit sensitive to rust.. These tags have no problem when exposed to rain or doggy drool, and they tend to be much more resistant than the ones made off aluminum. They usually ‘jingle’, which depending on the circumstance can be a pro or a con. If you want to know what your pet is up to, they will make easier to find it.. But on the other hand, the sounds can become annoying for you (and your pet buddy) at times, like when you try to sleep. However, you can buy small neoprene pouches (tag silencers) which do a fantastic job stopping the jingle if you need peace and quiet.A great choice overall. Regrettably, they don't come in many shapes, sizes and colors so finding one that you really like might be tricky.
  • Plastic: Depending on the type of plastic they may prove to be super durable or plainly put... crap! Advantages? They make way less noise than metal ones and are usually super cheap.
  • Nylon Webbing: Some pet owners prefer the contact info to be directly embedded onto the collar so they don’t have to use a tag. Regrettably, they get dirty easily and won’t last as long as metal tags. 
  • Brass: My opinion is to stay away! This is a soft metal that bends easily. Furthermore, the coating tends to wear off after some time.
  • Engraved: Engraved tags are very popular and usually very cheap. However, the letters are often engraved superficially and wear off after some time. This of course greatly depends on the manufacturer. 
  • Stamped: Stamped tags are better than engraved ones. There is no cutting or shaving of the metal and as a result quality is not jeopardized. Some times the letters are bigger and take up more space but this won't be an issue if you opt for a bigger tag.
  • Embossed: The worst option to choose. They wear off very fast, better stay away!
  • Embroidered collars: Instead of an ID tag, you can always get a collar with all the important information directly embroidered onto it. Product #8 is a good and cheap example. A great way to have all the important information if for whatever reason you don't want to use a tag. They can also act as a "back-up" in the case the tag comes off. Unfortunately, they are much more expensive than hangings tags to buy or replace.
  • Slide on Tags: These tags (like #7 on the list) are curved plates of metal, usually made of aluminum or stainless steel. They slide directly on the pet's collar and since there is no drop down, they are less likely to fall off or have the text rubbed off. They are also more silent than hanging tags. Their main advantage is that they don't get caught on anything when your pet is running or playing like crazy so they are more difficult to get lost. Regrettably, they aren't suited for adjustable collars and can only fit single-thickness collars. They also won’t slide on clip collars, only those with buckles. A bit more expensive than hanging tags but still cheap, affordable and very durable. 
  • Tube Style: A tube style ID tag is just a small, waterproof cylinder that you can use to place a note inside. You can write all the important things in that note, including name, address, phone number etc. This design is very useful for people who relocate or travel often or need the ID info updated constantly for whatever reason. You just write the new info in a new piece of paper and replace the old one!
  • Light-up: Being visible during the night is a nice feature to have for  additional safety. Some tags simply have a reflective surface, but some actually come with a light-up front surface!
  • Handmade: If you want something truly unique to stand out from other pet owners than you should definitely try a handmade tag. There are numerous small retailers who sell handmade dog tags made of all kinds of materials including leather, metal, polymer clay and even wood! Needless to say, prices go way up for these items.. Unless you want to scroll down to part 3 of this guide if you want to know how to make your very own handmade tag :)

TIP: Think about the size and shape of the tag in respect to your contact info before making your final selection. If your name or address is too long, then it might be impossible to fit it into a round or heart-shaped tag.

Keep an eye for allergic reactions
Like humans, pets can have allergies too! If you spot any kind of skin irritation close to the area where the tag hangs after you attach it, know that it might be an allergic reaction. This is extremely rare, but you want to keep an eye on your pet when you use a new tag (or collar) just in case! If this happens, my first suggestion is to take your pet to your vet as it might be something totally unrelated. If an allergy is confirmed, just buy a tag made from a different material.

Extras Part 2: Frequently Asked Questions About ID Tags
Finally, here are some answers to some of the most common questions pet owners have before buying a tag for their beloved animal:

1) Should I put my pet’s name on the tag? I don't see the point!
Definitely yes! If your pet goes missing then a clearly visible name gives anyone who might find him the chance to call it by name. This often proves very beneficial as it might relax the pet and allow the "stranger" who found it to capture it. However, this is also a double edged knife, especially if you have an expensive breed and you leave in an area where dog thefts are common. In the latter case, if you have a dog that responds by name, regardless of who is talking to them, then it's probably a better idea to omit the name.

2) What info should I include on the tag?
Remember, the main purpose of an ID plate or tag is to get your pet home safely if it ever gets lost. The very first thing people do when finding a lost pet is check the tag and give a call to the owner. This means that including a phone number is your no. 1 priority. Make sure to list a cell phone and if there is enough space a home number as well.

The second most important info you want to list is your Name. Yours, not the pets'! This will make it easier for the person calling you to get the right person on the phone, especially if you listed a work-phone.

These two bits of info are more than enough to get your dog (or other pet) back if he gets lost and happens to fall in good hands. However, if there is more space available you may also want to include the dog's name and your full address.

Finally, it's wise to put any important medical information. If your pet has a certain medical condition that needs special assistance make sure to note it!

Lastly, if there's any space left it would be cool to include a pithy phrase, a pun or something funny. Something playful, like "if you can read this, I’m gonna to lick you." will do ;)

Now, if your pet is micro-chipped, I think it's a good idea to attach a second tag to the collar that lists the microchip company’s name and phone number. In certain states, like the Massachusetts, you are obligated by law to have your pet wear its proof for rabies vaccination. The number on the rabies tag can also be used to identify your pet.

3) How Often Should I Change My Tags?
Well, as long as the information on the tag is clearly visible there is no actual need to change the tag. Make sure to get a new one if you move or change phone number(s). You want to check your pet’s tags every now and then for readability and replace them if they become worn or scratched. It's also a good idea to have a few spares just in case. From my experience, pets lose their tags more often than you would guess! This is why I am also against buying expensive tags. First your dog doesn't care about the price and second, it will probably get lost after some time :)

4) I am baffled by all these options. Can you please suggest me one?
Well as I said in the introduction, number 16# is my favorite. It's really cheap, cute and of relatively good quality. I have actually purchased a few for my 2 dogs to have them ready if they ever need a replacement.  I have also tried number 1# and I was satisfied with both the design and durability.. But when the time came for a replacement number 16# stole my heart :)

Now if you want to know the whereabouts of your dog in a 24/7 basis just go for the more expensive gps tracker (no. 17). You will always what your pup is up to!

Finally, a tube (like  no. 7#) will save you a lot of money if your contact info changes all the time!

Extras - Part 3: How to make your own cool tags!
Still haven't found what you were looking for? Maybe it's time to make a tag yourself! Don't worry, it's easy as a pie and won't take more than 5 minutes. The best part? The materials required are super cheap! Here's what you are going to need:
  • Printing paper 
  • Printer 
  • Shears 
  • Jump rings 
  • Sticker roll
The first thing you want to do is find a cool picture, logo or whatever you want to be featured on your tag. Then open that picture on any photo editing software (windows MS Paint will do just fine), add some details about your pet (e.g. name, adress etc), and hit print! It might take you a few tries until you get the proper size, just experiment a bit with various size. If you are skilled, you can try using various fancy fonts to make the id look even cooler. If not, just ask a friend :)

Then cut the paper to the shape you want (circle is the easiest) and dress it with the sticker roll. The sticker roll will make the id water proof and more durable to time. Finally, put a jump ring around the paper. Congrats, your DYI pet tag is ready for use!

Have any other cool suggestions? That's what the comments are for!! Don't hesitate to send us your reccomendations.

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