Buying a pet ID tag for your Saluki is like buying insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.
The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be foolish, down the road.
Consider the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Saluki:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Saluki?
Missing Salukis are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Salukis lying along the edge of the road. If your Saluki is a master at breaking through your fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a missing Saluki is high.
But losing your Saluki isn’t the only possibility.
Sometimes Salukis get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting 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 cult rituals.
And what is the danger to your Saluki if something were to happen to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Saluki, particularly 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 Saluki, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Saluki.
In this case, will your Saluki’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.
2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Salukis are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Saluki. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Saluki) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
However for most Saluki owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Saluki sets its value. For many owners, Salukis are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.From your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?
Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Many pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Saluki’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.
Fortunately, you have many more options in pet ID tags for your Saluki these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.
One of the newer entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Saluki’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 used in any computer, where it is automatically 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 Salukis
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