Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Kerry Beagle

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kerry Beagle, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Kerry Beagle

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Kerry BeagleBuying a pet identification tag for your Kerry Beagle is like buying insurance – you do so with the hopes that you’re never going to 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 type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this before buying any pet identification tag for your Kerry Beagle:
1.What is the level of risk to your Kerry Beagle?
Missing Kerry Beagles are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Kerry Beagle is a master at jumping the fence, or can’t resist tracking a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a missing Kerry Beagle is high.

But losing your Kerry Beagle isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Kerry Beagles are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Kerry Beagle if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Kerry Beagle, especially if you live alone 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 little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your Kerry Beagle.

In this instance, will your Kerry Beagle’s temporary or new steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Kerry Beagles are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are many ways to assess the value of your Kerry Beagle. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Kerry Beagle) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Kerry Beagle owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, Kerry Beagles are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Kerry Beagle’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Kerry Beagle these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Kerry Beagle’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Kerry Beagles

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