Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Lhasa Apso

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Lhasa Apso, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Lhasa Apso

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Lhasa ApsoChoosing a pet ID tag for your Lhasa Apso is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Lhasa Apso:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Lhasa Apso?
Missing Lhasa Apsos are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Lhasa Apso!” signs setup around town, or dead Lhasa Apsos lying on the edge of the road. If your Lhasa Apso is a pro at breaking through the fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Lhasa Apso is high.

But losing your Lhasa Apso isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Lhasa Apsos get 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 Lhasa Apso if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Lhasa Apso, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your Lhasa Apso.

In this instance, will your Lhasa Apso’s new or temporary caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or requires 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 helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Lhasa Apsos are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

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

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

Pet ID tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, also. Most pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Lhasa Apso’s owner in a durable, legible 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 gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Lhasa Apso these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’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 plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Lhasa Apsos

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