1-Year vs. 3-Year Rabies Tags

Veterinarians have the option of giving pets a 1-year or 3-year rabies vaccine, but what they might not realize, is that they need the correct tag material to match! 3-year rabies tags need to last longer on a pet’s collar, so thicker or stronger material is required.

1-year rabies tags can use our standard .050 aluminum. For 3-year rabies tags we recommend .064 aluminum (which is thicker than .050) or a stainless-steel rabies tag.

Check out what can happen if you try to use a .050 aluminum for a 3-year tag. Over time, the material will eventually stretch and become difficult to read from wear, and rubbing against the animal’s fur.


Shown: Style 221

Please contact us with any questions.
We look forward to providing your clinic 1-year and 3-year rabies vaccination tags!

Brass Tags and the Industries that Use Them

Brass Tags are just one of the types of metal tags that NB&T offers. There are multiple reasons that an industry may require brass tags over other materials, such as corrosion resistance and ability to be used in high-temperature situations. Other industries may prefer brass tags because of their decorative, ornamental look.

Below is a list of some industries and applications that National Band & Tag serves with our brass tags.


  • Automotive / Radiator Repair
  • Coal Mines / Mining Supply Stores
  • Industrial Suppliers / Distributors of: hydraulics, mechanical cylinders, lubrication equipment, air tools, hoists, presses, slings, wire ropes, harnesses, hoses, gaskets, cable, MRO/OEM parts and accessories.
  • Fasteners, pipes, valves, fittings, flanges
  • Hardware stores
  • Surveyors and Surveying Supply Stores
  • Office Supplies
  • Electrical appliances and contractors
  • Electrical Supply Stores
  • Remanufacturing of electrical-mechanical equipment
  • Transformer and substation apparatus installations, services, repair
  • Utility pole markers

Dog & Cat

  • Leather Dog Collar Manufacturers
  • Rabies Tags
  • License Tags


  • Memorial Tree Tags
  • Species I.D. Tags

Promotional and other uses

  • Keychains
  • Museum Plaques
  • Mail Box Name Plates

Not sure how to design your tag? Check out some examples from our other brass tag customers:

round brass tag numbered

round brass tag rabies tag

round brass tag survey tag

round brass tag survey tag

round brass tag survey tag

round brass tag dog license tag

rabies vacc brass tag

brass sealed tag

numbered brass tag

brass dog license tag

numbered round brass tag

brass key chain

brass tree tag

brass valve tag

brass asset tag

brass survey tag

rectangle brass tag with a number

brass power pole tag with extra large hole

brass tag with extra large hole

brass keychain

brass cable marker

2018 World Rabies Day

world rabies day 2018Thursday September 28th is World Rabies Day! Created and coordinated annually by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Rabies Day focuses on rabies endemic countries to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention.

This year’s theme is Zero by 30, in honor of the goal of zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030. This goal was agreed upon at the global conference on rabies elimination in 2015, by the World Health Organization, World Organization for Animal Health, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and GARC.

2018’s recommended rabies tag style of the year from NASPHV is the style #228 Orange Oval. 2017’s style is the blue rosette, if you see a dog wearing a blue rosette tag on their collar then you know they are up to date on their rabies shots.

228 most popular style


Order Your 2018 Rabies Tags

2018 rabies tags

The 2018 style of the year rabies tag is the Orange Oval (Style #228).

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?

  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low cost leader
  • Made in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
  • Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vacc needs
  • Annual order reminders are sent out each year after your first purchase
  • Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available, with thicker aluminum or stainless steel material available for 3-year tags 

Click Here to Order Your Rabies Tags Online


Click Here to Download the PDF Order Form

Order Form PDF

Order Your 2018 Orange Oval Rabies Tags!

The 2018 recommended style of the year is the Orange Oval style 228! If you were a Hasco customer, we still have their oval shape available, now National Band & Tag’s style #226. Don’t forget to order early! We recommend ordering before November to guarantee you receive your tags before January 1st.

Order by September 30, 2017 using coupon code: RBLOG2017 for $10.00 off your order of 1,000 or more Orange Oval Rabies Tags!

How to order:

  • Return the order reminder you received in the mail with any edits
  • Order online
  • Call us at 859-261-2035 and place an order over the phone
  • Email your order to [email protected]
  • Fax your order to 859-261-8247
  • Print and fill out the PDF order form and email or fax it to us

2018 rabies tags

Not interested in the NASPHV recommended color or shape? Check out all our dog and cat tags here: Over 150 shapes and 11 different colors to choose from!



New Pet ID Tags and Industrial Tag Shapes

Back in May of 2016, National Band & Tag acquired one of our local competitors, Hasco Tag Company. We have completed transferring tag shapes over and you may view all new shapes below.

Listed are the old Hasco style numbers along with the new NB&T style number. If you are an old Hasco customer and don’t see the tag style that you use to get, just give us a call at 859-261-2035 to talk to a tag specialist.

New NB&T Style # Old Hasco Style # Description Price Code
4 901L Arkansas Blue
170 168 Dimple Basket Blue
2 103 Grapes Blue
426 996 1 7/16” Large Oval Blue
226 946 1 1/8” Medium Oval Blue
326 906 1” Small Oval Blue
453 141 Bell Blue
366 119 7/8” x 1 7/16” Rectangle Blue
181 972 ½” x 1 25/64” Oval Blue
215 215XL 1 ¼” x 3 ½” Oval Green
160 150 Dimple Square Blue
5 910 Car Blue
100 902 Round with Tab Blue

Click here for all new tag shapes!

NB&T has over 150 tag shapes for all your identification needs!


It’s time to order your 2018 Rabies Tags!

As we get ready to enter our Rabies Tag season (August – December), our busiest time of the year, we urge all our veterinarian customers to order as early as possible for a quicker turnaround time. The NASPHV recommended style of the year is the style #228 Orange Oval.

2018 rabies tags

Here are a few tips to help with your 2018 Orange Oval Rabies Tag Order:

  1. Order enough tags. If you are on the fence about how many tags to order, we always recommend over-ordering. If you must re-order more tags, it will cost more time and money than if you order 100 more tags than normal the first time. If you have extra tags at the end of the year, you can recycle aluminum tags.
  2. Special orders take more time. If you are ordering something other than stamped tags with standard packing, don’t forget to account for additional weeks onto the time it will take to produce your order. This can really affect customers who want to order paint filled tags that are flat packed in November and December.
  3. Don’t forget to pay for your order. All orders must be paid for before the tags will be produced. (Unless you have a Net 30 account). Just call in with your quote number and credit card to pay, or mail a check.
  4. Review your acknowledgement. After your sales representative has entered your order they will send you an acknowledgement (receipt), please review it to make sure the stamping, quantity, style, color etc. is correct. Your estimated shipping date will also be on your acknowledgement.

If you have any questions or want to check the status of your order, give us a call at 859-261-2035.

What bands and tags do you sell the most?

At NB&T we offer hundreds of bands and tags to choose from, all in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. We sell tags to various industries, including, but not limited to: poultry, cattle, lab animal research, companion animals, wildlife conservation and industrial applications.

With so many different tags to choose from, we took a poll amongst our customer service representatives and asked, “What bands and tags do you sell the most?”

(These numbers are not a true representation of our sales overall, but show what our customer service reps get the most phone calls about).

tag pie chart

A Few of Our Favorite Tags

Do you have a favorite tag?

At NB&T, we have hundreds of styles of tags to choose from, so we asked some of the employees, what is your favorite tag style and why?

Ryan (Global Accounts): Style 60 – “It was the first tag I ever sold, and I like the 60 versus the 61 because it has the dog stamped on it.”  

dog house tag


Joe (VP Purchasing/Office, Treasurer): Style 1005-1 – “We manufacture hundreds of thousands of these each year. They are our most profitable style of tag, which is why they are my favorite!”  

mouse ear tag


Natasha (Sales Representative): Style 1242 – “Butt-End Bands are my favorite because they can be completely customized.  A lot of my repeat customers use them as business cards or promotional items. I enjoy working with them to find the best layout, size and color for their use.”  

1242 duck bands


Aris (Bilingual Sales Representative): Style 890 – “The Zip is my favorite wing band because a lot of my customers like the style, colors and options available. I love recommending design options if they are unsure of what they want. My customers always end up happy with the final product.”  

wing band


Linda (Office Manager): Style 516 – “The large paw print tag is my favorite because it reminds me of my three basset hounds. The new turquoise color is also my favorite color that we offer.”  

paw print dog tag


Kim (Sales Representative): Style 265 – “I like the small dog bone, style 265, instead of the two larger dog bone styles because it is petite and dainty.”  

bone dog tag


Fred (VP of Operations): Style 14 – “Barcoded 14’s [Rectangle with rounded edges] are my favorite tags because 14’s are versatile, and come in different sizes. The barcode also makes it high tech.”  

barcoded rectangle tag


Chris (Sales Manager): Style 173 – “I like the fun fire hydrant shaped tags. We have four sizes to choose from but I think the largest one, style 173 is the best because you can fit the most information on it.”  

fire plug dog tag


Eddie (Poultry Department Manager): Style 893B – “The 893B is my favorite tag because it is the only brass wing band that we make. They are different from what my department normally produces.”  

brass wing band


Katie (Office Assistance): Style 515 – “The small paw print is my favorite because it’s cute and can fit on both dogs and cats.”  

cat paw print tag


Sallie (Hasco Consultant): Style 440 – “I love hearts in general, but the 440 is my favorite because it is the one we brought over from Hasco.”  

heart shaped dog tag


1 Year vs. 3 Year Rabies Tags

3 year rabies vaccination

3 Year Rabies Vaccination Tag

As a vet you have the option of a 1 or 3 year rabies vaccine, but you need the appropriate tag to match!

If you are choosing to do a 1 year rabies tag, regular .050 aluminum will work. But, if you are looking to do a 3 year rabies tag, you need something durable to last longer on an animal.

For 3 year rabies tags we recommend .064 aluminum, which is thicker–or a stainless steel tag. There are only select colors available for .064 aluminum versus the .050 aluminum rabies tags, so please call for availability.

We look forward to providing your 1 year and 3 year rabies vaccination tags!

World Rabies Day – Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate

world rabies dayToday, September 28, 2016 marks the 10th annual World Rabies Day celebration! This day is used to educate people on the effects of rabies, so that more people get their pets vaccinated and thus help in the battle to eliminate rabies.

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Health Organization (WHO), World Veterinary Association and the World Animal Protection Organization currently have a new campaign called “End Rabies Now” which is calling for an end to human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

“It is estimated that around 59,000 people die every single year from rabies – that’s a staggering 885,000 lives lost between now and the end of 2030. Victims are usually in impoverished rural areas in Africa and Asia. Most have limited access to healthcare, and treatment can be too expensive. The campaign will raise awareness in Europe and the United States, where canine rabies has largely been eliminated in most countries in the region, in order to ensure that control programs are prioritized within international development spending.”

To learn more about this campaign visit: https://rabiesalliance.org/media/press/new-campaign-seeks-an-end-to-rabies-deaths-in-15-years

To learn more about World Rabies Day visit: https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/

Order Your 2017 Rabies Tags!

blue rosette rabies tags

The 2017 style of the year rabies tag is the Blue Rosette.

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?

  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low cost leader
  • Manufacturer in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit all types of pets
  • Your information – custom stamped to meet your needs
  • Yearly order reminders are mailed out each year after your first purchase
  • Colored aluminum available for 1 year tags and stainless steel is available for 3 year tags

Click Here to Order Now!

New Tag Styles–Now Available!

Since National Band & Tag acquired Hasco Tag in May, we now have new styles and material available for our customers to choose from. Check out the styles below and let us know which one is your favorite!

New NB&T Style # Old Hasco Style # Description Price Code Department
67 139 Acorn Blue Rabies
182 182 Arrowhead Blue Rabies
226 946 Oval Blue Rabies
353 941 Bell Blue Rabies
363 158XL Large Star Red Rabies
365 110 Large Bone Blue Rabies
397 935 Large Texas Blue Rabies
440 148 1-3/16″ Heart Blue Rabies
473 143 Large Fireplug Blue Rabies
959 959L 1″ x 2″ Rectangle Green Industrial
960 960XL 1″ x 3″ Rectangle Green Industrial


acorn tag - style 67

Style 67
1 1/8″ x 1 3/8″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 139)

Style 182
1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 182)

tear drop tag - style 226

Style 226
1″ x 1 1/8″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 946)

bell tag

Style 353
1 1/8″ x 1 1/4″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 941)

star tag

Style 363
1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″
Red Price*
(Hasco Style 158XL)

Style 365
1 1/2″ x 1 1/8″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 110)

large texas tag

Large Texas (Style 397)
1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 935)

heart tag

Style 440
1 3/16″ x 1 3/16″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 148)

Style 473
1 5/16″ x 1 3/16″
Blue Price
(Hasco Style 143)

1" x 2" tag

Style 959
1″ x 2″
Green Price
(Hasco Style 959L)

1" x 3" tag

Style 960
1″ x 3″
Green Price
(Hasco Style 960XL)
Backside Stamping Not Available

Which packaging is best for you?

While the tags are the most important part, attachments and how you want your tags packaged are important too! Do you need some help deciding on what kind of packaging is right for your company? Check out our multiple ways of packaging Rabies Tags below.


Standard Packing is 100 tags to a wire, 500 to a box. This allows you to package the tags yourself in-house, or just take them off the wire as needed.

standard packing

Standard Packing

Strip-Pak is 1 tag and 1 attachment in a plastic bag. Bags are perforated on a continuous strip. This makes it easy to rip a bag off when you need it to give to a customer.

strip packing


Flat-Pak is 1 tag and 1 attachment laminated to sturdy card stock. This method is used for sending tags through the mail. Barcoded labels are available, call for a quote.

flat packing


Link Attaching is where the S-Hook is pre-attached to your tags.

links attached web

Links Attached

Special Packing Options include custom printed bags, envelopes, and a printed barcode number matching the tag number. Please call or email us for a special packing quote.

special packing

Special Packing

Please note that all tags and attachments (S-Hooks and O-Rings) are sold separately, attachment price is not included in packaging price.


What Colors of Aluminum Do We Have?

One question that we receive at National Band & Tag often is about our colored aluminum and what shade it is. You’ll see a chart of the colors we offer below, however, keep in mind that different computers and devices show colors differently. This means a blue tag on your smart phone might look a different shade of blue on your desktop computer.

aluminum colors

Dog, Cat, and Industrial Tag Aluminum Colors

Also, when we purchase our material, there is a certain amount of shade variation from one order to another. One batch of red may not be the same shade of red as another. It usually stays within a certain color range, but we cannot guarantee that the red tag your received last year will be the same exact red you get this year.

The most accurate way to see a color is to request free samples of the styles you are interested in. Our free samples come from overruns of current orders so it is coming from our current material stock. Colors can vary by products as well and by what we have in stock. Please contact a sales representative at 859-261-2035 to find out what colors are available or what can be ordered.

Our aluminum colors for dog, cat, and industrial tags include: plain, red, blue, green, orange, yellow, gold, black, white and purple.

Our aluminum colors for wing bands and poultry products include: plain, red, light red, blue, light blue, green, light green, yellow, orange, light orange, pink, light pink, purple, light purple, brown, light brown, tan, black, gray and white.

aluminum colors for poultry bands

Poultry Bands Aluminum Colors

National Cat Day

national-cat-dayOn October 29, we celebrate a day dedicated to one of the most popular American owned household pets. You guessed it; National Cat Day! Approximately 30-35% of American households own a cat, that’s approximately 70-75 million cats.

On your cat’s day, show them you love them and care for them.

Similar to dogs, cats also need three tags on them at all times:

Although more dogs get lost each year, cats still need identification and a way to return home as well.

Make sure your cat’s day is purr-fect! Let them toy with your shoestrings and cuddle up next to you.

What’s your cat’s name? Does he/she have a license tag?


World Rabies Awareness Day

IMG_9629In case you didn’t know, this coming Monday is World Rabies Awareness Day. Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system of mammals and is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. This virus is deadly, but luckily there is a fast-acting cure.  The number of rabies cases has gone down as animal vaccination has increased, however, rabies is still deadly and people should exercise caution around animals exhibiting abnormal behavior.

So, what are National Band and Tag’s association with rabies vaccinations?

We manufacture Rabies Vaccination Tags for many veterinary offices. Every time your cat or dog gets a rabies vaccination, they must be wearing the updated vaccination tag alongside their pet license and name tag. Without this tag, it can cost you if your pet gets lost. Keep your pets safe from rabies by keeping them up to date with their vaccinations. Not only are you protecting your pet, but you’re also preventing the possible spread of this deadly virus. Check out the samples of our Rabies Tags!


Celebrate “World Rabies Day” with National Band & Tag

World Rabies Day is approaching! September 28th is the day that brings awareness to rabies worldwide.  It is estimated that over 40,000 people in the US are exposed to rabies each year.  This exposure could come from your own dog or cat or after your dog or cat had an encounter with a raccoon, skunk, fox or a bat that has rabies.  People have associated rabies as an issue for dogs, but in 2009 there were 3 times more cat rabies cases reported than dogs, 81 to 300.  Rabies as a global issue affects 55,000 people and the cost associated with rabies is estimated to be more than $300 million in the US alone.

So, protect your family and pets and remember to get your dog and cat their rabies vaccination shot.  And don’t forget to change the tag on their collar.  The shape and color of the recommended tag changes every year.  There are 4 shapes and colors that are recommend by NASPHV and the shape for 2016 is the red heart.  The shape for 2015 was the green bell.  These shapes and colors are recommended for the 1 year vaccination.  By having the proper tag on, health officials will be able to determine if your animal is up to date with their vaccination.  This might just help keep your dog or cat alive.

For more information about rabies you can go to the CDC website:  http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsRabies/index.html

Online Order Form – Red Heart Rabies Tags

westie dog with rabies tagIt’s time to order Rabies Vaccination Tags! The NASPHV recommended tag shape for 2016 is the Red Heart.

We offer 7 styles of the Red Heart Rabies Tags and can custom stamp with your clinic details. We use top quality material and strive to ensure your lettering/numbering is stamped accurately, straight, and deep.

We’ve made the process easy by creating an Online Order System where you can preview your stamping on the tag. If you are a returning customer, just log in with your username and password from last year. You can make edits to your tag on file and submit your order quickly and easily.

Click Here to Start your Online Order for 2016 Rabies Tags2016 rabies tags

How much do you love your pet?

Happy Pet Appreciation Week! Every year the first full week of June is Pet Appreciation Week (June 7-13, 2015) dedicated to your beloved pets! A pet is so much more than just an animal, they are a symbol of companionship, love and happiness. Some people even consider their pet to be a family member! So make sure to give your pet extra attention this week while also following some National Band & Tag tips for caring for your dog!

Tip #1.) Get your pet their license.

Did you know, it is the law to have your pet licensed? Many states require you to renew their license annually! Dog licenses on average cost $10-$20 dollars which is less than the fine you will pay if your dog is caught without a license. Other benefits include improving chances of animals being returned if lost and license fees support local animal shelters.

Tip #2.) Get your pet up to date on their rabies vaccination.

Depending on what state you live in, your pet may receive annual rabies vaccinations or receive them every three years. Rabies is a severe viral disease of the central nervous system that can be passed by salvia. The most common method of transfer is an infected wild animal such as a bat, fox, raccoon, or skunk biting your pet and infecting them. Rabies vaccinations are also required by law in all states.

Tip#3.) Get your pet a name tag.

This is simply a tag with your pet’s name on one side and your contact information on the back so if your pet is found they can be easily and quickly returned to you!

In all, your pet should have 3 tags on them at all times, pet license tag, rabies vaccination tag and name tag. This will help ensure that if they get lost they will be returned to you while also following all the laws!

Happy Pet Appreciation Week from National Band & Tag Company!

2016 Rabies Vaccination Tag Options
(Style Numbers are below tag)

2016 rabies tags