Are you tired of constantly finding your furry friend’s tag scattered around your home? It can be frustrating to have to deal with this inconvenience every time your beloved pet loses their tag. But fear not, there are solutions to this problem!
A dog’s tag may fall off due to a variety of reasons, such as itchiness and scratching around the neck, tilting their head due to the clinking sound and weight of the tag, allergic reactions to the tag material, or accidents involving the leash and tag. However, there are ways to prevent this from happening. For example, metal allergies can be treated, tag weight can be reduced, and jingling or clinking noises can be avoided.
Let me delve deeper into why dog tags fall off and provide you with useful tips to prevent this from happening. With a little bit of effort and care, you can ensure that your furry friend’s tag stays securely in place, giving you peace of mind and saving you from the hassle of constantly searching for lost tags.
Why might your dog’s tag keep falling off?
Before coming into this, let’s see what must be there in a dog tag.
Usually, a dog tag should consist of the doggies name, your address, microchip information, a personal heart-touching message like “help me I’m lost”, and if there’s any special medication, you can include that too.
Now, let’s get to the point on why the dog tags keep falling!
Does your doggy wear a metal tag around his neck with his collar?
Does it always touch his skin? Does he seem to be scratching his neck area all the time? If so, we might be able to predict that the tag has fallen at such a moment.
Regrettably, some dogs are allergic to metal. So, the metal tags might be causing them turbulence for sure.
If they seem to be allergic to these metal tags, they might also be allergic to metal bowls or anything made up of metal.
Below are a few symptoms of metal allergies,
- Lesions on the neck area of the skin
- Itchy and scaly skin
- Loss of fur
- Pigmentation of skin tends to change
- Lesions are infected with more infections
So if the dog exhibits any of these symptoms, make sure that you take the poor little one to the doctor. He must be suffering in extreme pain.
2. “Oh, this sound is exasperating dude!”
Now, what’s this about? It’s all about the jingling sound of the tags! If your canine friend’s neck is surrounded by tags, it might be annoying for the little one.
If the doggy is quite sensitive to sounds, this might have a pessimistic impact on the dog.
So, due to this, the dog might have tilted his head here and there without knowing what it is and might have fallen it off.
3. “Hey, my playmate ripped it off”
As a dog parent, you might have seen how explorative and playful your canine friend is, haven’t you? Does he have a playmate just as playful as him? Woah, then make sure to keep an eye on them!
There’s always a friend who puts us into a little trouble bubble, right? Likewise, your doggie’s playmate might have pulled the collar and ripped the tag off! It might have been quite fun for these buddies!
By the way, read this to understand why dogs chew their tags and how to solve it.
4. Weight of the tags
It’s pretty much the same as the clinking sound and the doggy. If you are someone who has tried humongous earrings; It is quite heavy, isn’t it? And hard to wear for a long period of time. The “tags” give the same feeling for the pooch if it’s a lot.
Again, it will try to tilt his head here and there to regain his comfortability which is a reason the tag might keep falling off.
5. “Leash and the tag”
Accidents can seldomly occur by us too. You might have lost the tag because you may have clipped the leash to the rings that hold the tags.
So, this is basically like a leash and dog tag in love! Be careful of this, or else you might blame your blossom buddy!
The above are just a few reasons why your dog tags keep falling off.
How to keep your dog’s tag from falling?
Now, as you get to know the answer for “why,” let’s check on some stuff to prevent it from falling off!
1. Treating the metal allergies
First off, if you find that your canine friend is allergic to metals, get off with that metal tag off his neck immediately.
Then take him to the veterinarian. Then the veterinarian will probably perform a cytologic analysis and a skin scraping test.
A cytologic analysis is the testing of one or a few cells to check on what causes the abnormalities.
Moreover, the veterinarian will remove and take a sample of the part with bruises and will take it for testing. Furthermore, he is more likely to do a patch test as well.
In case the dog has been diagnosed with a metal allergy, the vet might advise you to minimize the usage of metals on the dog as much as possible.
Moreover, he might most probably prescribe medications such as antihistamines along with mild detergents or shampoos.
Then it is vital to do as your veterinarian instructs you so that it can help the dog as well as get you out of trouble by preventing the tag from falling off in the future.
2. “Let’s get rid of the jingling, clinking noises”
As you now know, the clinking sound irritates the dog and makes a pessimistic impact on him; let’s try to figure out a few methods to get rid of it.
Use silicon dog tag silencers
This will not only quiet the jingling clinking noises of the tags but also will protect the tag surface and increase its durability.
These are quite cheap in price and made up of silicone material. Don’t forget to take your dog tags while you are going to purchase these because you’ll have to find the right size and shape!
It is more like a pouch that will hold everything together.
The rubber band remedy
It’s easy peasy! Just surround the tag endings with a rubber. It will aid in preventing the jingling sound of the tags.
Plastic tag clip to the escape!
Use a plastic tag clip instead of a metal clip to hold the tags together. I am pretty sure this will help you a great deal!
3. Reducing the weight of the tags
Instead of hanging many tags around his necks, won’t it be great if we could adjust it for one or a few so that its weight will be lesser?
For this, you can have the information engraved in the collar itself or slide on collar tags or maybe buy plastic collar tags as they aren’t heavy!
4. Give him freedom
Last but not least,t when he is by your side and playing with his mate, let him play bare-necked.It will just give him time to relax freely with that thing bugging him.
What is the best material for dog tags?
This is a pretty much hard question to answer, yet let me tell you the pros and cons so that you can choose the right one!
1. Non-metallic tags such as plastic
As I mentioned before, plastic dog tags have the benefit of being able to get rid of the clinging, jingling sound and will weigh less. The con of it is that durability is quite suspicious.
2. Metallic tags
When we talk about metallic tags, commonly, metallic tags are composed of aluminum, stainless steel, and brass.
Aluminum tags are usually lightweight, deeply laser engraved, and it’s said to be not suitable for dogs who chew tags.
Stainless steel is also durable and much cheap and light-weighted. More lightweight, better for the doggy!
Brass tags are strong and durable and, yes, give a stylish sense too. The con over here is that it’s pretty hard to find in different shapes. Sadly!
It would be great if you possibly could choose the tag according to your dog’s health condition. As an example, dogs with metal allergies better go to the option of non-metallic tags.
Does your dog need to wear dog tags?
Yes! This is an absolute yes. If I answer your question of why it’s vital because of two reasons.
1. Legal requirements
You don’t want any troubles for yourself, right? So, make sure that your dog wears the tag for sure when going out in public places.
One might think “microchipping” is enough, but it’s really not. The dog’s tag is a must, and microchipping alone with it is entirely alright.
2. “Bring back my bonnie to me”
In case your dog is lost, this tag will be of utmost importance so that anyone who finds him can bring him back to you.
Things to be aware of.
After all, there are a few things that you need to draw your attention to.
1. Choking hazards
Make sure that your doggy doesn’t chew up his tag. As for this, you can use a tag that is well fitted for the dog collar.
2. Doggy hates to try on the new tag
Do not yell at him if you feel like your canine friend is reluctant to try out the new tag as before one is lost! Teach him gradually using positive reinforcement.
First, let him only try his collar, then gradually adjust the tag with it with a short time period. Give him rewards such as dog treats or maybe praise him.
They are usually “good boys.”
In conclusion, I hope you were able to enhance your knowledge on why the dog tags keep falling off, how to prevent them, and so much more.
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