Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Stephens Cur

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Stephens Cur | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Stephens Cur

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Stephens CurPicking a pet ID tag for your Stephens Cur is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’ll never use 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 kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute often ends up being a regret, down the road.

Consider the following before purchasing any pet id tag for your Stephens Cur:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Stephens Cur?
Missing Stephens Curs are very common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Stephens Cur is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and spry, or is not properly trained, the risk of a lost Stephens Cur is high.

But losing your Stephens Cur isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Stephens Curs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Stephens Cur if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Stephens Cur, especially 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 Stephens Cur, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your Stephens Cur.

In this case, will your Stephens Cur’s temporary or new caregiver 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 name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

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

Realize that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Stephens Cur. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Stephens Cur) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Stephens Cur owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Stephens Cur sets its value. For many, Stephens Curs 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 ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Stephens Cur’s owner in a legible, durable 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 gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Stephens Cur these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Stephens Cur’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) 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 vet 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 Stephens Curs

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