Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Trigg Hound

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Trigg Hound | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Trigg Hound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Trigg HoundPicking a pet ID tag for your Trigg Hound is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s cheap or pretty often proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Consider this prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Trigg Hound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Trigg Hound?
Lost Trigg Hounds are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Trigg Hound!” signs tacked around town, or dead Trigg Hounds lying by the edge of the road. If your Trigg Hound is a pro at hopping your fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or is not well trained, the possibility of a lost Trigg Hound is high.

But losing your Trigg Hound isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Trigg Hounds are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Trigg Hound if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Trigg Hound, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Trigg Hound, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Trigg Hound.

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

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Trigg Hounds are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

But for most Trigg Hound owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many, Trigg Hounds are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Trigg Hound’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any veterinarian 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 in pet ID tags for your Trigg Hound these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

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 holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor 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 Trigg Hounds

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