Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Russo-European Laika

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Russo-European Laika | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Russo-European Laika

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Russo-European LaikaBuying a pet identification tag for your Russo-European Laika is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” 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 consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute usually proves to be foolish, long-term.

Think about the following before buying any pet id tag for your Russo-European Laika:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Russo-European Laika?
Lost Russo-European Laikas are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Russo-European Laika is a pro at escaping the fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or young and spry, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Russo-European Laika is high.

But losing your Russo-European Laika isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Russo-European Laikas get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi 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 cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Russo-European Laika if something happens to you, the owner?

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

In this case, will your Russo-European Laika’s temporary or new steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Russo-European Laikas are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Russo-European Laika. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Russo-European Laika) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Russo-European Laika owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Russo-European Laika determines its value. For many, Russo-European Laikas are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

Pet identification tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Russo-European Laika’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Russo-European Laika 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 ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Russo-European Laika’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Russo-European Laikas

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