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When To Replace Your Dog’s Collar or ID Tag

Published on November 24th, 2014

Having a pet ID can make all the difference in bringing dogs home. Microchipping your pet is a permanent pet ID that will last the life of your pet. Some quality pet collars and tags can last the lifetime of your pet, but generally speaking may need to be replaced from time to time. Here are some reasons to replace a collar or tag:

Outdated info: Have you changed your phone number recently? What about your address? Be sure that the info on your dog’s tag is correct and up to date!

Can’t read id tag: The purpose of the ID tag is so that others can actually read it. If the tag has a lot of scratches due to other tags rubbing against it or it’s starting to rust, it’s time to replace it. Remember to wipe it clean from time to time as well. This is a good opportunity to check if it’s time for a new one!

Collar is damaged: Depending on the material of the collar, the collar could start to rip or fray. Replace the collar when this happens to avoid the risk of it falling off.

Collar doesn’t fit: Odds are you are going to need a collar for when you adopt your puppy and another one when he is full grown! Adjustable collars are great for growing puppies, changing hairstyles, and even weight loss. A general rule of thumb for fitting a collar to your dog is to leave it loose enough to fit about two fingers when it’s closed.

Separate collars: A training collar or a harness for walking should not be used in place your dog’s every-day collar.

Back-up collars/tags: Does your pup love the water? What about the mud? It might be a good idea to have a back-up collar so your pet can always wear a clean, dry collar. You may also want a spare tag in the event of one getting lost or damaged.

Even if your pet already has a microchip, collars and tags are a visible way to show that your dog belongs to someone. Luckily, replacing a collar or tag is relatively inexpensive and worth the energy to keep your dog identifiable.

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