Engraving Pet Tags 101: The Techniques That Make Our Tags Last - PawFurEver

Engraving Pet Tags 101: The Techniques That Make Our Tags Last

When you choose a new ID tag for your furry friend, you want it to last as long as possible. A laser engraved dog tag not only looks great, but it's also built to withstand the test of time and your pet's energetic lifestyle. In this article, we'll explore the various engraving techniques used for pet tags, the benefits of laser engraving, and why you should choose a PawFurEver laser engraved dog tag for your pet.

Engraving Techniques: From Traditional to High-Tech


Embossing is a traditional method of engraving that involves pushing the lettering or design into the metal material, creating raised characters on the surface. While embossed tags have a classic look, they're susceptible to wear and tear. Over time, the raised lettering can become scratched, flattened, and illegible.


Etching is another common method of engraving, usually performed with a small laser. This process only scratches the surface of the tag material, initially resulting in a shiny, high-contrast appearance. However, the etched characters can become dull and hard to read as the tag's surface wears down.

Laser Marking

Laser marking creates bold, legible markings on the surface of the metal without cutting into or damaging it. However, these marks tend to wear off as the metal surface wears down, reducing the tag's longevity.

Rotary Engraving

Rotary engraving is better suited for jewelry, such as pendants, rings, and watches. The engraved characters are light and delicate, barely indenting the surface of the material. As a result, rotary-engraved tags aren't durable enough to withstand the wear and tear from active pets.

CO2 Laser Engraving

CO2 laser engraving produces readable markings on the tag but isn't built to last. Active pets can wear down the engraving in a matter of months since the laser doesn't touch the tag material. Instead, CO2 lasers leave a contrasting mark on a hardened liquid called Cermark, resulting in a less-than-permanent final product.

Laser Annealing

Laser annealing is a process that creates an oxide layer on the surface of the tag material, resulting in a high-contrast mark. Annealed tags typically feature black designs and lettering but can also achieve a variety of other colors. This method doesn't remove any material, and the mark is deeply embedded, making it more durable than surface marks.

The Benefits of Laser Engraving

Precision and Detail

Laser engraving offers unparalleled precision and detail. High-power fiber lasers can create intricate designs and lettering, ensuring your pet's information is clear and easy to read.


A laser engraved dog tag is more resistant to wear and tear than other engraving methods. The laser engraving process digs into the metal, vaporizing the top layers and hardening the remaining metal beneath the engraved mark. This results in a durable, long-lasting tag that can withstand your pet's active lifestyle.


With laser engraving, you can choose from a wide range of designs, fonts, and characters to create a truly unique tag for your pet. You can even include symbols or special characters to make your pet's tag stand out from the rest.

Environmentally Friendly

Laser engraving is an eco-friendly process, as it doesn't produce any toxic byproducts or waste materials. This means you can feel good about choosing a laser engraved dog tag for your pet, knowing you're making an environmentally responsible choice.

Caring for Your Laser Engraved Dog Tag


To keep your pet's laser engraved dog tag looking its best, clean it regularly with a soft cloth and mild soap. Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents or scrubbing the tag, as this can damage the engraving.


Regularly inspect your pet's tag for signs of wear or damage. If the engraving becomes illegible or the tag is damaged, it's time to replace it with a new one.

Tag Placement

To help prolong the life of your pet's laser engraved dog tag, attach it to their collar with a durable ring or clip. This will reduce the chances of the tag becoming lost or damaged.

The PawFurEver Difference

When you choose a PawFurEver laser engraved dog tag, you're not only selecting a high-quality, durable product but also supporting a company that truly cares about pets and their owners. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and a lifetime guarantee on our engraved tags.

Our Laser Engraving Process

At PawFurEver, we use a high-power fiber laser to create deep, lasting engravings on our dog tags. The laser digs into the metal, vaporizing the top layers and hardening the remaining metal beneath the engraved mark. This creates a durable, easy-to-read engraving that won't fade or wear away over time.

Wide Range of Options

With PawFurEver, you can choose from a variety of tag shapes, sizes, and materials to find the perfect laser engraved dog tag for your pet. Plus, our customization options allow you to create a one-of-a-kind tag that reflects your pet's unique personality.


A laser engraved dog tag is the ideal choice for pet owners who want a durable, long-lasting, and eye-catching ID tag for their furry friend. With its precision, durability, and customization options, a PawFurEver laser engraved dog tag is the best investment you can make for your pet's safety and style. Don't settle for anything less – shop PawFurEver today and experience the difference for yourself!


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