Choosing a pet ID tag for your Mountain Cur is like buying insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.
The type of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty often proves to be unwise, long-term.
Think about the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Mountain Cur:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Mountain Cur?
Lost Mountain Curs are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Mountain Cur!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Mountain Cur is a pro at escaping your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a missing Mountain Cur is high.
But losing your Mountain Cur isn’t the only possibility.
Some Mountain Curs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.
And what is the risk to your Mountain Cur if something were to happen to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Mountain Cur, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.
In this instance, will your Mountain Cur’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.
2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Mountain Curs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Keep in mind that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Mountain Cur. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Mountain Cur) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Mountain Cur owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Mountain Cur determines its value. For many, Mountain Curs are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
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, too. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Mountain Cur’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. 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 inexpensive however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Mountain Cur these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.
One of the recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Mountain Cur’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Mountain Curs
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