Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Polish Hound

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Polish Hound | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Polish Hound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Polish HoundPicking a pet identification tag for your Polish Hound is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty often ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about this before choosing any pet id tag for your Polish Hound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Polish Hound?
Missing Polish Hounds are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Polish Hound is a master at tunneling under your fence, or can’t help tracking a scent, or young and full of energy, or is not well trained, the risk of a missing Polish Hound is high.

But losing your Polish Hound isn’t the only possibility.

Some Polish Hounds are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Polish Hound if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Polish Hound, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your Polish Hound.

In this case, will your Polish Hound’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Polish Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Polish Hound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Polish Hound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Polish Hound owners, the emotional attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, Polish Hounds are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Most pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Polish Hound’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Polish Hound these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Polish Hounds

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