Dog ID – why it’s so important!

Dog ID – why it’s so important!

Your dog needs ID! Here’s why.

License and registration, please! Pet identification is one of the most essential –- and overlooked – tools for keeping your pup safe. Check out these important Dog ID facts!

The most common forms of dog ID

  • engraved ID tags
  • microchips
  • registration tags


A microchip is a small chip (about the size of a grain of rice), injected under the skin. It brings up a specific identification number when scanned. The number links to the dog’s personal details, including her guardian’s contact info.

ID tag

A small tag (usually metal or plastic) that clips onto a dog’s collar, displaying the guardian’s contact information.

Registration tag

A small tag that’s issued to a pet parent upon registration of the dog (which is required in many jurisdictions). It typically bears a contact number for the registering organization.

Why microchipping alone isn’t enough

Microchipping is recommended, but visible ID is important too! Microchips must be scanned at a shelter or vet’s office, so a collar tag with up-to-date contact information is the speediest way to ensure a lost dog makes it home safely.

ID can be fashionable!

An ID tag can add flair to your dog’s collar! Choose from hundreds of different shapes, colours and designs. You can find them at your local pet store or online!

Stray dogs

*40% of dogs who end up at shelters are “strays” or lost animals.

What’s the law have to say about it?

Rules on pet identification vary greatly by municipality. Be sure to ask your breeder or vet whether your dog is required to be registered and wear a registration tag. If not, make sure she’s wearing an engraved ID tag! Better safe than sorry.

*Data collected by My Family Canada from various sources including Humane Canada, the American Humane Society and the American Pet Products Association.