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Pet Identification information
Identifying information on a dog tag might include:
Some organizations recommend not putting a dog's name on a tag because,
in an ownership dispute over a stray dog, the original owner could use the dog's name
to demonstrate that the dog recognizes the name and therefore has an association with that owner.
Others believe that a lost dog might feel more comfortable if strangers call it by its own name.
Tags are made of many different materials. Metal tags usually have the
information embossed or etched onto the surface,
and might also have electronic chips embedded. Plastic chips can be etched or printed, come in many colors,
and are often highly reflective to make the dog more visible if it gets loose and runs into the street after dark.
Pet tags on a collar are easiest to use for random people who find a dog wandering loose.
Although name tags can help to return a stray or lost dog to its owners they
as a sole source of identification for several reasons. The owner might move or change phone numbers
and forget to update the tags. Dogs often leave their collars behind when escaping from a yard,
particularly when squeezing through or under a fence. Some owners don't want their pets wearing collars unsupervised,
and unsupervised dogs are more likely to be able to escape from a yard.
Well-intentioned rescuers might remove the dog's collar and tags to be able to read the phone number,
and the dog might disappear again. Collars and name tags can also be removed intentionally by thieves, leaving the dog unidentifiable.
Today, microchip implants, tattooing, and registering the dog's
license number, microship information,
and tattoo number with lost-pet registries are strong backups to the collar dog tag,
but cannot be completely relied on, either, as people unfamiliar with such technology might not know to check
for such identification or be able to figure out where to call.
Another option is DNA fingerprinting although this is much more rare.
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