Why choose an identification tag for your dog?


With the obligation to identify his dog via a tattoo or an electronic chip, some owners are sometimes tempted not to put a tag on their animal. However, one identification must not replace another because both have their utility. Explanations.

In France it is obligatory to identify his dog using a tattoo (usually done on the inside of the right ear) or an electronic chip lodged under the skin, on the neck. This accessory contains the contact information of the legal owner of the animal, information collected on the national file of theI-CAD (Identification of domestic carnivores) in order to be able to locate and contact the owner of a lost animal. This obligation, however, generated another phenomenon: the absence of an identification tag on the dog’s collar. And yet this little object is essential in many ways.

Why put an identification tag on your dog?

From benefits brought by the medal, we can note:

  • A way to quickly identify the dog. If your pet is only equipped with an electronic chip, only a veterinarian or a shelter will be able to decrypt it (ie the police and the fire brigade are not equipped with electronic readers). However, the process of scanning a transponder can take 24h, or even more if the animal is found on a Sunday or a public holiday for example. Thanks to the medal, the person who collected the dog will have the contact information the owner whom she can immediately contact;
  • The possibility of emergency intervention. If the lost dog has been the victim of an accident, the medal allows the person rescuing the animal to quickly warn the owner and speed up medical intervention with a veterinarian;
  • The certainty of finding the owner. Over the years, the microchip may have become moved to get lodged in the back or abdomen of the animal. Unable to detect it, the veterinarian or shelter might infer that the dog is not identified (and if its owner’s research is unsuccessful, then the animal is likely to be put to theadoption). As such, it is essential to update your contact details on the I-CAD site in the event of a change. address or phone number.

What type of identification tag to choose for your dog?

You will find in the trade, different kinds of medals. Examples :

  • Medals to engrave are generally bought in supermarkets, in pet stores, at a shoemaker and on the internet. The advantage of medals in stainless steel – compared to plastic or aluminum ones – is that they last over time and resist any conditions (frost, cold, rain, mud, shock, etc …). The engraving, of better quality, will remain legible for many years. Resin is an interesting alternative for a medal to engrave. Also pay attention to the sturdiness of thering of fixation. There are several styles of medals: bone-shaped, round, clover, heart, oval, legs…). In any case, avoid models with prickly or hard corners, such as a square or a star, as they could injure a dog playing with yours or pose a danger if swallowed;
  • Medals with rolled up paper are usually made of steel and shaped like a tube. A screwing system allows you to slip inside a piece of paper rolled up with your contact details. A disadvantage is that, subjected to a multitude of tests (running, swimming, games …), the object can unscrew. For more security, you can apply varnish nail on the thread of the small cylinder before closing it;
  • Smart medals are of two kinds : those equipped with technology NFC (near-field communication) allow a wireless connection to be established with a mobile phone equipped with a dedicated reader. In case of loss, the animal is then quickly traced. With technology QR Code, anyone who has found a dog can connect to the internet to enter the code engraved on the medal or flash the QR Code using a smartphone. The animal’s file appears on the screen and thus makes it possible to contact the owner;
  • The neon engraved necklace. Some specialized shops, such as hunting stores, offer necklaces (generally yellow or fluorescent orange) on which are written in large characters. indelible owner’s phone numbers. These very solid accessories have among other advantages of not catching on the branches and of facilitating the reading of the coordinates.

What information should you indicate on your dog’s medal?

For the safety of your pet, it is important to choose the elements to be included on his tag. The data indispensable are :

  • A cell phone number. Since the mobile device follows you everywhere, it is the safest way to reach you;
  • A second phone number. It is advisable to have an emergency number engraved in the event that you are unreachable (mobile unloaded, area poorly covered by your telephone operator …) This can be your landline number, that of your spouse or a close ;
  • Specific treatments in case of illness or diet. If your dog needs special care (for diabetes, epilepsy, etc.), it is wise to specify this;
  • Depending on the size of the medal, you can add: your full physical address; your address E-mail and your pet’s microchip number.

The name of the dog on the medal: for or against?

It is sometimes advisable to have the dog’s name engraved on his tag. Regarding the latter information, two points of view are opposed: for some, this information can favor the contact with the animal and thus help to reassure it while waiting for it to find its owners. For others, the indication of the name represents a risk. Indeed, if a malicious individual tries to steal a dog, he will be able to coax him more easily by calling him by name. Before having this particular information engraved on your pet’s medal, weigh it for and the against.