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Medical alert tags for pets

Updated on December 13, 2011

Does your pet have a medical condition? For anything from allergies to cancer, and everything in between, it can be a very smart idea to get your pet a medical alert tag. Having a medical alert tag on your pet's collar can be a lifesaver, especially if your pet has a life threatening condition or requires medication. But even for pets whose conditions might not ever be a matter of life and death, a medical alert tag alerting strangers to any conditions your pet may have can go a long way towards helping your pet be more comfortable if he or she is ever lost.

Medical alert tags alerting strangers to any conditions your pet may have can help whoever finds your pet if he/she is ever lost keep your pet more comfortable until they can be reunited with you. Even if your dog or cat's medical condition is not life threatening, it could be something that makes them uncomfortable if they are not treated correctly. For example, a food allergy might not have the potential to kill your pet but if they eat something they are allergic too it can make them very uncomfortable. Dealing with not feeling well on top of the stress of being separated from their owners is no fun for any pet.

Medical alert tags placed on your pets collar may be a life saver in some instances. In other cases, they may just be a good way to help keep your pet more comfortable if he/she ever gets lost. If you think your pet may benefit from having an alert tag, here are some tips to help you choose and create a tag that will work best for your pet.

  1. When choosing an alert tag, look for tags that will imminently draw attention and alert strangers that your pet has a medical condition. Sometimes when people find a lost pet their first concern is providing for the animal, and checking tags may not be something they do right away. But for pets with food allergies or similar conditions, you want people to notice their alert tags before proceeding to care for your pet. Tags with medical alert symbols on the front, especially ones that are brightly colored, may serve to catch peoples attention sooner than plain tags.
  2. Make sure you place your pet's alert tag in a noticeable location on their collar or harness. The tag isn't going to serve it's purpose if no one ever notices it. If your dog wears both a collar and a harness, it may be a good idea to put a separate tag on each in case one falls off.
  3. Make sure the text on your tag remains clear and legible. Replace any worn out or hard to read tags. They won't do your pet any good if people can't read them.
  4. Clearly state your pets medical condition or special medical concerns on the tag. Try to keep it simple and easy to understand as possible.
  5. Firmly attach your pet's medical alert tag to his/her collar and make sure to check periodically that the tag is still there and not in danger of falling off.


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    • Dragonrain profile image

      Dragonrain 6 years ago

      Thanks for reading! :)

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      Paulart 6 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      Great information is given on this hub regarding medical alert for pets.