Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Estonian Hound

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Estonian Hound, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Estonian Hound

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

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy usually proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Estonian Hound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Estonian Hound?
Lost Estonian Hounds are very common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased Estonian Hounds lying along the edge of the road. If your Estonian Hound is a master at hopping your fence, or cannot resist following a smell, or youthful and spry, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a lost Estonian Hound is high.

But losing your Estonian Hound isn’t the only danger.

Some Estonian Hounds get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Estonian Hound if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Estonian Hound, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Estonian Hound, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your Estonian Hound.

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

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

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

However for most Estonian Hound owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Estonian Hound determines its value. For many, Estonian Hounds are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Estonian Hound’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Estonian Hound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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