Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Borzoi

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Borzoi, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Borzoi

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your BorzoiBuying a pet identification tag for your Borzoi is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy usually proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Borzoi:
1.What is the level of risk to your Borzoi?
Lost Borzois are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or dead Borzois lying along the side of the road. If your Borzoi is a pro at hopping the fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Borzoi is high.

But losing your Borzoi isn’t the only risk.

Some Borzois get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

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

In this case, will your Borzoi’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Borzois are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Borzoi. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Borzoi) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Borzoi owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many owners, Borzois are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

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

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Borzoi’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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