Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Bavarian Mountain Hound

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Animal Care, Bavarian Mountain Hound, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Bavarian Mountain Hound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Bavarian Mountain HoundPicking a pet identification tag for your Bavarian Mountain Hound is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the faith that you’ll never use 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 kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or pretty usually proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Bavarian Mountain Hound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Bavarian Mountain Hound?
Lost Bavarian Mountain Hounds are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Bavarian Mountain Hound!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Bavarian Mountain Hound is a pro at escaping the fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Bavarian Mountain Hound is high.

But losing your Bavarian Mountain Hound isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Bavarian Mountain Hounds are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot 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 cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Bavarian Mountain Hound, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Bavarian Mountain Hound, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you unable to care for your Bavarian Mountain Hound.

In this case, will your Bavarian Mountain Hound’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Bavarian Mountain Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Bavarian Mountain Hound owners, the emotional attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, Bavarian Mountain Hounds are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, too. Many pet identification 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 Bavarian Mountain 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 traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Bavarian Mountain Hound these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small 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 vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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