Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your North Country Beagle

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, North Country Beagle, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your North Country Beagle

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your North Country BeagleChoosing a pet identification tag for your North Country Beagle is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Consider the following before purchasing any pet id tag for your North Country Beagle:
1.What is the amount of risk to your North Country Beagle?
Missing North Country Beagles are certainly common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your North Country Beagle is a master at breaking through the fence, or cannot resist following a smell, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost North Country Beagle is high.

But losing your North Country Beagle isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes North Country Beagles get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your North Country Beagle if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a North Country Beagle, 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 North Country Beagle, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your North Country Beagle’s new or temporary steward know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some North Country Beagles are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your North Country Beagle. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred North Country Beagle) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most North Country Beagle owners, the emotional attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, North Country Beagles 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 identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, too. Many pet identification tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the North Country Beagle’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost 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 North Country Beagle these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entries in the pet identification 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 complete 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 easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about North Country Beagles

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