Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Phalene

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Phalene | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Phalene

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your PhaleneChoosing a pet identification tag for your Phalene is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Think about this prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Phalene:
1.What is the level of risk to your Phalene?
Missing Phalenes are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Phalene!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Phalene is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Phalene is high.

But losing your Phalene isn’t the only possibility.

Some Phalenes get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Fido in hopes of getting 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 religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Phalene if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Phalene, 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 furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Phalene’s temporary or new caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Phalenes are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Phalene. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Phalene) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Phalene owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Phalenes are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet identification tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, too. Many pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Phalene’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 purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Phalene these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Phalene’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny 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 devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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