Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Telomian

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Telomian | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Telomian

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your TelomianBuying a pet identification tag for your Telomian is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be a regret, long-term.

Consider the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Telomian:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Telomian?
Missing Telomians are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Telomian!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Telomians lying by the edge of the road. If your Telomian is a pro at jumping your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or young and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Telomian is high.

But losing your Telomian isn’t the only possibility.

Some Telomians get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (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 Telomian if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Telomian, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Telomian’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Telomians are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to determine the value of your Telomian. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Telomian) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Telomian owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, Telomians are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

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

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet ID tags for your Telomian these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 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 low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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