Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Finnish Hound

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Finnish Hound, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Finnish Hound

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

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy usually ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about this prior to buying any pet id tag for your Finnish Hound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Finnish Hound?
Lost Finnish Hounds are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Finnish Hound is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or can’t help following a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Finnish Hound is high.

But losing your Finnish Hound isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Finnish Hounds are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi 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 satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Finnish Hound if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Finnish Hound, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Finnish Hound’s temporary or new steward know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Finnish Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are several ways to assess the value of your Finnish Hound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Finnish Hound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Finnish Hound owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Finnish Hound sets its value. For many, Finnish Hounds 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 ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, also. Most pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Finnish Hound’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 traditional kinds of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Finnish Hound 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 identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Finnish Hound’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer 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 limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Finnish Hounds

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