Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Thai Ridgeback

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

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Thai RidgebackBuying a pet ID tag for your Thai Ridgeback is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Think about this prior to buying any pet id tag for your Thai Ridgeback:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Thai Ridgeback?
Lost Thai Ridgebacks are very common – we have all come across “Lost Thai Ridgeback!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Thai Ridgeback is a pro at escaping the fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a lost Thai Ridgeback is high.

But losing your Thai Ridgeback isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Thai Ridgebacks get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi 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 for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Thai Ridgeback if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Thai Ridgeback, 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 furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your Thai Ridgeback.

In this instance, will your Thai Ridgeback’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Thai Ridgebacks are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

But for most Thai Ridgeback owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Thai Ridgeback sets its value. For many people, Thai Ridgebacks are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Thai Ridgeback’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Thai Ridgeback these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entries in the pet ID market 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 diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily 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 Thai Ridgebacks

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