Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Kromfohrlander

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kromfohrlander, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Kromfohrlander

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your KromfohrlanderPicking a pet ID tag for your Kromfohrlander is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you won’t 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 five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be foolish, long-term.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Kromfohrlander:
1.What is the level of risk to your Kromfohrlander?
Lost Kromfohrlanders are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Kromfohrlander is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Kromfohrlander is high.

But losing your Kromfohrlander isn’t the only concern.

Some Kromfohrlanders get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi 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 religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Kromfohrlander, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Kromfohrlander, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Kromfohrlander.

In this instance, will your Kromfohrlander’s new or temporary caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Kromfohrlanders are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

However for most Kromfohrlander owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many owners, Kromfohrlanders are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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 shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, also. Most pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

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

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

One of the newest entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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