Top 10 Best Pet ID Tags 2017: Which Is Right for You?

dog name tag

(Flickr/Loren Sztajer)

After the all-important collar, the ID tag is a fundamental necessity for any dog or cat. Aside from vet-implanted microchips, pet tags may provide the only information available to someone who finds your lost animal. Without them, your dog or cat could be taken to a shelter, where the recovery rate is fairly low. Of the 6.5 million animals that enter shelters in the United states, only about 710,000 are recovered, according to the ASPCA.

Fortunately, there’s no need to take such a risk. Pet tags are generally cheap and widely available, as well as being customizable so that all the pertinent information travels with your pet wherever they may roam. In fact, with so many options, it’s kind of fun picking out which information-bearing emblem your pet will sport.

My beloved pit mix uses a slide-on tag, handmade by The Copper Poppy. It’s got that vintage, rustic feel that fits him perfectly. I’ve included them as the last option on this list if you’re interested in seeing what he’s rocking.

If you’re in the market for personalized identification for your dog or cat, here’s our list of the top ten best pet ID tags.


1. Dynotag QR Code Smart Pet Tag

best pet tags

(DynoTag)

Dynotag is known for their travel tags, but they also make these convenient pet tags, great for cats and dogs. The way these work is that when the QR code with a phone or the address is entered into any browser, the location of the device will display on a private page particular to that tag. As soon as the location of the device is logged, an email will be sent to the owner. There’s also an access log of tag views. Your owner information is also viewable so that anyone who has found your pet can contact you directly instead. Works anywhere with internet with no need for internal electronics, and the owner profile can be updated any time and as often as necessary. No recurring costs are associated with using the Dynotag.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $16.95

Buy the Dynotag QR Code Smart Pet Tag here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Round
  • Colors available: Black/QR code
  • Format: Hang tag
  • Material: Steel with quieting protective coating
  • Maximum lines of text: None, but offers extensive online profile

Find more Dynotag QR Code Smart Pet Tag information and reviews here.



2. GoTags Slide-On Pet ID Tags

dog pet tag

(GoTags)

The beauty of slide-on pet ID tags is that they entirely eliminate the noise of hang tag style options. They’re also very secure and incredibly unlikely to fall off except in the most extreme situations. Your pet’s details are plainly visible at a distance. The limitation is that they only work on relatively simple collars with a buckle, like the Kurgo Muck Collar, for example. You get up to 4 lines of personalized laser engraved text. Each tag size will fit a specific sized collar width:

  • Large: 1 inch collars
  • Medium: 5/8 inch collars
  • Small: 3/8 inch collars

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $8.95

Buy the GoTags Slide-On Pet ID Tags here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Rectangle
  • Colors available: Silver
  • Format: Slide-on
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Maximum lines of text: Four

Find more GoTags Slide-On Pet ID Tags information and reviews here.



3. GoTags Stainless Steel Pet ID Tags

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(GoTags)

Of course, in many cases, using a buckle-style collar doesn’t work. If your dog goes to daycare, for example, they’ll probably require that they have a quick-release mechanism. In that case, you’ll want something simple and to-the-point, like these stainless steel tags. They Include four lines of info on each side, perfect for pet name, phone number, and/or home address.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $7.95

Buy the GoTags Stainless Steel Pet ID Tags here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Bone, bow tie, flower, heart, house, badge, rectangle, round, star
  • Colors available: Silver
  • Format: Hang tag
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Maximum lines of text: Four on each side

Find more GoTags Stainless Steel Pet ID Tags information and reviews here.



4. Providence Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags

(Providence Engraving)

If you don’t need something particularly durable and want to save a couple of bucks — while also getting into colored tags — these could be a good option for you. Made of anodized aluminum, these are incredibly lightweight tags available in a good variety of shapes and colors. No frills, customizable tags on the cheap.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $3.70

Buy the Providence Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Bone, round, heart, star, paw, cat, hydrant
  • Colors available: Blue, red, pink, green, gold, silver, black, orange
  • Format: Hang tag
  • Material: Anodized aluminum
  • Maximum lines of text: Four on each side, up to 19 characters per line (for cat and paw, engraving on only one side is recommended)

Find more Providence Engraving Aluminum Pet ID Tags information and reviews here.



5. Big Jerk Custom Products Ltd Cute Cat Pet ID Tag – “Indoor Only Cat If I’m Out I’m Lost”

(Big Jerk Custom Products, LTD)

This tag has a pretty specific usage: to keep your indoor cats indoors. Brightly proclaiming that the the cat bearing this tag should not be visible out-of-doors, this can help track down a missing pet just that much more quickly. You can add your own text to the back across four lines with 20 characters per line.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $11.95

Buy the Big Jerk Custom Products Ltd Cute Cat Pet ID Tag Tags here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Round
  • Colors available: White, black, blue, light blue, teal, red, orange, fuchsia, pink, yellow, green, light green, purple, lilac, silver, brown
  • Format: Hang tag
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Maximum lines of text: Four

Find more Big Jerk Custom Products Ltd Cute Cat Pet ID Tag information and reviews here.



6. Performance IDs Silicone Slide-On Pet ID Tag

(Performance IDs)

If you’re having a bit of trouble sliding on the rigid medal tags above, you might consider these. The silicone allows them to bend and flex more easily, which makes for simpler installation. It also makes it easier to be removed for cleaning. The information field is bigger, too, offering five lines of 20 characters each.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $23.95

Buy the Performance IDs Silicone Slide-On Pet ID Tag here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Rectangle
  • Colors available: Pink, blue, black, red
  • Format: Slide-on
  • Material: Silicone and aluminum
  • Maximum lines of text: Four, with 20 characters per line

Find more Performance IDs Silicone Slide-On Pet ID Tag information and reviews here.



7. PINMEI Scannable QR Code Pet ID Tag

(PINMEI)

Another QR code based option, this one renders a bit nicer with its paw design over a colored background. As with the Dynotag, the QR code links to your pet’s custom page with all the necessary contact and health information. In addition to the same device GPS information available on the Dynotag, there is a 24-hour hotline where operators work to reunite owners with lost pets. Not a bad feature set, given the price.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $9.99

Buy the PINMEI Scannable QR Code Pet ID Tag here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Round
  • Colors available: Black, blue, pink, red
  • Format: Hang tag
  • Material: Zinc alloy
  • Maximum lines of text: None, but offers extensive online profile

Find more GoTags Stainless Steel Pet ID Tags information and reviews here.



8. GoTags Swarovski Crystal Pet ID Tags

(GoTags)

The charm of this option comes down to one thing: adding bling to your life. If your cat or dog requires sparkle for their ID tag, this option is the one for you. Trimmed with Swarovski crystals, this tag will set your dog apart at the park. All feature clear crystals, except the silver tag, which uses blue.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $5.95 (54 percent off MSRP)

Buy the GoTags Swarovski Crystal Pet ID Tags here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Bone, heart, round
  • Colors available: Blue, purple, red, pink, silver, black
  • Format: Hang tag
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Maximum lines of text: One on the front for pet name, four on the back

Find more GoTags Swarovski Crystal Pet ID Tags information and reviews here.



9. CNATTAGS Stainless Steel with Enamel Round Pet ID Tags

(CNATTAGS)

Again leaning more heavily on whimsy than strict function, these fun stainless steel tags feature bright colors and fun symbol-style designs. You get your choice of eight colors and 13 designs so you can create a custom tag to suit your pet’s personality. As an added bonus, at the time of this writing, if you buy two tags, you can take 15 percent off the already super-cheap price.

Need more options? Browse more pet ID tags here.

Price: $4.95

Buy the CNATTAGS Stainless Steel with Enamel Round Pet ID Tags here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Round
  • Colors available: Black, blue, green, orange, hot pink, light pink, purple, red backgrounds with paw, daisy, bowl, heart, cat, bone, fish, pirate dog, pirate cat, skull, dog, crown, and mouse designs
  • Format: Hang tag
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Maximum lines of text: Four, with 20 characters per line

Find more CNATTAGS Stainless Steel with Enamel Round Pet ID Tags information and reviews here.



10. The Copper Poppy Pet ID Tags

(The Copper Poppy)

If you’re looking for something a little more custom and refined, consider these lovely pieces from The Copper Poppy. Made to order by hand on a farm in New Hampshire, these rustic tags offer the simple but high-end feel of vintage solid metal pieces. These are quite a nice upgrade from the usual tag faire. My dog wears one of the large quiet slide-on tags, beautifully embossed with his name, our phone numbers, and our hometown. Definitely worth a look.

Price: $12.75 to $26

Buy The Copper Poppy Pet ID Tags here.


Details:

  • Shapes available: Square, round, rectangle
  • Colors available: Silver
  • Format: Hang tag or slide-on
  • Material: Aluminum, brass, copper, bronze
  • Maximum lines of text: Four

Find more The Copper Poppy Pet ID Tags information here.


Of course, you’ll need something for the tag to hang on. We have lists for the best dog collars and best designer collars, depending on your needs.


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4 Comments

Jake

Neither the author or editor of the article did proper research here. The SmartTag box they linked and complained about being expensive is a 25 microchip box…

Anna Short

Smart tags chip are NOT the best ones. I would not trust them to keep track of my dog’s info after experiencing how badly they run their business. This website is run by the people who sell these products. It’s all a farce.

Dai

I use Blue Buffalo for all my dogs…even when they first transitioned from their momma’s milk to puppy food. Blue Buffalo substitutes rice or potato in place of corn. Check out their website to see each product’s ingredients.

Dai

Roger, albeit funny, that is so wrong on so many levels. Besides, even the prey canine’s may catch and eat in the wild are probably eating some form of grain…and often the prey isn’t even dehydrated…just saying…

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