Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Elo

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Elo, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Elo

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your EloBuying a pet ID tag for your Elo is like purchasing 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 expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or cute usually ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Think about this before choosing any pet identification tag for your Elo:
1.What is the level of risk to your Elo?
Lost Elos are very common – we have all noticed “Lost Elo!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Elo is a master at hopping your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Elo is high.

But losing your Elo isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Elos get stolen. A pet thief may snatch 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 as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Elo if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Elo, 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 short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Elo.

In this case, will your Elo’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi 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 extremely beneficial.

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

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Elo. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Elo) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Elo owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Elo determines its value. For many, Elos are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet identification 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 designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Elo’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 types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Elo’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Elos

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