If your pet ever gets lost, there is a very good chance that the only thing that will bring him or her home to you is some form of identification. Dog tags or pet ID tags are a great way to identify animals, so that if they are found, the humane society can contact you and you will be reunited with your lost loved one. The market for ID tag sales has now passed $155 million, with more than eighteen million cat and dog tags sold per year.

What do dog tags include? Dog tags typically include the name of the pet, and the pet's owner, along with the address and phone number of the owner, and any other information, which may be relevant. Some dog tags also include logos or artwork, or may be cut into the shape of a heart, bone, food bowl, fire hydrant, or a simple circle or square.

Dog tags can be made from a wide variety of different materials, including aluminum, brass, metal, stainless steel and plastic, and in a wide range of colors as well. Dog tags are also available in many different sizes to accommodate both large and small dogs, and different amounts of pertinent information.

There are tiny, pint-sized tags which are designed especially for kittens and puppies or other small collared pets, and there are large tags for oversized dogs like Mastiffs and Weimaraners. All dog tags come with a hole or two so that they can be connected to collars for identification purposes.

The process of creating and designing dog tags is big business. Whether or not your lost dog makes his way home is up to the legibility and durability of the tag that you attach to his or her collar. The identification tag and collar should both be high quality, as well as the hardware, which attaches your dog tags to the collar to make sure that they do not fall off or break off from wear and tear. All dog tags come with an eyelet hole, which allows you to attach them to your dog's collar.

When choosing from multiple different types of dog tags, your best option is to choose the tag size which best suits your dog's size, but which still allows you to put on enough information to make sure that your dog comes home safely if ever lost. Dog tags designed for smaller dogs are still typically large enough for four lines of information, and you should never have to burden your dog with having to wear more than one tag.

Your best bet when choosing between different styles of dog tags is to choose a tag that is metal so that your dog will not chew it. Stainless steel dog tags are probably ideal because they are rust proof, and text that is engraved on them is easy to read and clear. Many pet stores and boutiques have machines, which will engrave on inexpensive aluminum tags, but these machines cannot engrave on stainless steel dog tags, so those typically most be ordered.