Picking a pet ID tag for your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is like buying 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 expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.
The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be a regret, down the road.
Think about this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound?
Missing Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound!” signs posted around town, or deceased Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds lying by the edge of the road. If your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a pro at jumping your fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or youthful and spry, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound is high.
But losing your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound isn’t the only danger.
Sometimes Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.
And what is the danger to your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound if something happens to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound.
In this instance, will your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound’s new or temporary caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.
2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds 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 proportionate to value.
Note that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.Based on your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?
Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound’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 customary kinds of tags can purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Istrian Coarse-Haired 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 ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Istrian Coarse-Haired Hound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds
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