Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Beagle-Harrier

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Beagle-Harrier, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Beagle-Harrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Beagle-HarrierBuying a pet ID tag for your Beagle-Harrier is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty usually proves to be unwise, down the road.

Think about the following prior to picking any pet id tag for your Beagle-Harrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Beagle-Harrier?
Lost Beagle-Harriers are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Beagle-Harrier!” signs setup around town, or dead Beagle-Harriers lying along the edge of the road. If your Beagle-Harrier is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Beagle-Harrier is high.

But losing your Beagle-Harrier isn’t the only risk.

Some Beagle-Harriers are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Beagle-Harrier if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Beagle-Harrier, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor 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 struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Beagle-Harrier.

In this instance, will your Beagle-Harrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Beagle-Harriers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Beagle-Harrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Beagle-Harrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Beagle-Harrier owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many owners, Beagle-Harriers are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, also. Many pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Beagle-Harrier’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 customary kinds of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Beagle-Harrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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