What information is on dog tags

After adopting or buying a new dog, tutors always want to identify the pets to avoid the loss of the animal. When the animal is lost, in case it is found by someone because of the information in the dogs tag this person can locate the lost dogs tutors. But for the tutors to be correctly located, attention must be paid to what types of information should be placed in the dog’s tags. That’s why this post will talk about important information to put in the dogs tag in order to locate animals when they are lost.

What information is on dog tags

The most important information to tag a dog is:

  • Animal name
  • Tutor name
  • Tutor’s phone
  • Address

The tag is a type of pendant that can be too small and not contain all the necessary information. But this type of device must contain all the information necessary for the location of the owners of lost dogs. The lack of information can make it difficult to locate the owners of lost dogs.

The main information that must be contained in the tags are the names of the animal and the name of the tutor. The name can be written on both sides, sometimes the name of the animal appears alone and in a larger size on one side and on the other side the name of the tutor appears in a smaller size along with the other information. The name is important to identify the tutor and the lost animal.

The cellphone number is very important information because it will be through it that the person who found the lost dog will be able to communicate with the owner who lost the animal. 

Only then will it be possible to contact the guardian of the lost dog to inform the location of the animal and even be able to book a place there where the guardian can go to pick up the lost animal.

The address is also very important, but tags often don’t have enough space for this type of information. The address can help locate lost dog owners. And in case the dog’s owner’s cellphone is not working, the address can be an option to locate and deliver the lost dog.

This information is also requested in other means of identifying dogs. When microchipping a dog, it is important that the tutor’s information such as telephone and address are registered, facilitating the location of the dog.

What is an animal microchip?

The microchip for dogs and cats is a way to identify the pet in an effective and safe way. A microchip is an electronic chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted under the skin, usually in the scapular region.

The dog microchip contains a unique and unalterable code. However, it cannot track the location of the animal via GPS. The microchip does not need energy, it remains inert throughout the animal’s life and is only activated when stimulated by a reader.

Benefits of microchipping a dog

Benefits of using the microchip in dogs:

  • No battery is required, as the chip is only activated by the specific reader;
  • The microchip is unique and individual and cannot be lost;
  • It has long durability;
  • There is no maintenance;
  • It’s easy to install.

The chip after its introduction between the dog’s shoulder, the microchip becomes inert. It doesn’t need a battery or anything to charge it. When approaching the microchip reader in the region of implantation, the microchip is activated showing the code by which it is possible to access the individual dog information.

Before the microchip, dogs were identified by tattoos, piercings and even identification collars. But the big problem with these methods was that they could be easily lost.

The microchip has a unique number being individual for each dog. The chances of the animal losing this chip are minimal, as the microchip is located under the animal’s skin. Unlike other identification methods, the microchip can also be read universally, it is just necessary to have a microchip reader.

The microchip has an unlimited duration. In dogs it can stay for the rest of the animal’s life. In some rare cases the microchip may have a defect, but it is very rare. Thus, the microchip is the most efficient method of identification for dogs and has a long durability.

After microchipping dogs, no maintenance is required. Defective microchips are rare. The interscapular region is an excellent region for chip installation as it is a region that does not receive much friction.

The microchip is implanted by a veterinarian, its simple installation does not require a surgical environment, much less anesthesia. In a matter of minutes the microchip is implanted in the dogs.


The tag is a very important item to locate the owners of lost dogs. With it, it is possible to identify the lost dog and return it to its home. But for that, the Tag must contain information necessary for the correct identification of the animal and location of the tutors. Finally, the tag is a cheap and simple item that can help a lot in the identification of lost animals, but it can be an item easily lost and that is why the use of microchipping of dogs is also indicated.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Can I feel a microchip in a dog?

How does the microchip work in animals?

Microchipping dogs involves placing a small electronics chip the size of a grain of rice under the skin. It is implanted in a simple procedure by a veterinarian who uses a needle to place the microchip in the scapular region.

How does a microchip for dogs work?

The device has its own reader that scans the signal emitted by the chip through a low radio frequency. As soon as the scanner recognizes the code, the animal’s information appears on the device’s display.

Can you pierce a dog?

It is not recommended to pierce a dog, it is even a crime in some regions. However, adhesive piercings that do not cause pain and do not need to pierce the animal can be used with caution.


Bernardi, F., & Soto, F. R. M. (2009). Experiência da implantação do registro geral animal com identificação não permanente e microchip, em cães e gatos no município de Ibiúna, SP, Brasil. Revista Ciência em Extensão, 5(1), 37-42.

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