Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Pekingese

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

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your PekingeseChoosing a pet ID tag for your Pekingese is like buying insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” 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. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider the following before picking any pet id tag for your Pekingese:
1.What is the level of risk to your Pekingese?
Missing Pekingeses are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Pekingese!” signs setup around town, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Pekingese is a master at tunneling under the fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or young and spry, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a missing Pekingese is high.

But losing your Pekingese isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Pekingeses are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido 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 danger to your Pekingese if something were to happen to you, the owner?

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

In this instance, will your Pekingese’s new or temporary steward know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Pekingeses are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to determine the value of your Pekingese. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Pekingese) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Pekingese owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Pekingese determines its value. For many people, Pekingeses are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Pekingese’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’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 are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Pekingeses

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