Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Kai Ken

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kai Ken, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Kai Ken

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Kai KenChoosing a pet ID tag for your Kai Ken is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it 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 “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or trendy usually ends up being unwise, long-term.

Think about the following before picking any pet identification tag for your Kai Ken:
1.What is the level of risk to your Kai Ken?
Lost Kai Kens are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased Kai Kens lying along the edge of the road. If your Kai Ken is a pro at jumping the fence, or can’t resist chasing a scent, or young and spry, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Kai Ken is high.

But losing your Kai Ken isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Kai Kens get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Kai Ken if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Kai Ken, particularly if you live alone or are in ill 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 renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Kai Ken’s temporary or new steward know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Kai Kens are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to assess the value of your Kai Ken. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Kai Ken) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Kai Ken owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Kai Ken determines its value. For many owners, Kai Kens are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Kai Ken’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 purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Kai Ken these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification game 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 complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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