Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Aidi

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Aidi, Animal Care, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Aidi

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your AidiBuying a pet ID tag for your Aidi is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty often ends up being foolish, down the road.

Consider the following before choosing any pet identification tag for your Aidi:
1.What is the level of risk to your Aidi?
Lost Aidis are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead Aidis lying along the edge of the road. If your Aidi is a pro at breaking through the fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or young and energetic, or is not properly trained, the risk of a missing Aidi is high.

But losing your Aidi isn’t the only concern.

Some Aidis are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot in hopes of getting 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 danger to your Aidi if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Aidi, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Aidi, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your Aidi.

In this instance, will your Aidi’s new or temporary caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Aidis are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there are several ways to determine the value of your Aidi. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Aidi) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Aidi owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Aidi sets its value. For many people, Aidis are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your responses 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 hold varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, also. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Aidi’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 customary kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Aidi these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Aidi’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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