Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Kuri

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kuri, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Kuri

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your KuriPicking a pet ID tag for your Kuri is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible price” 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 five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be a regret, long-term.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Kuri:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Kuri?
Lost Kuris are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Kuri!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Kuri is a master at jumping your fence, or can’t help following a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a missing Kuri is high.

But losing your Kuri isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Kuris are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Kuri, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Kuri’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Kuris are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

However for most Kuri owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, Kuris are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Kuri’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 kinds of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Kuri’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically 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 Kuris

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