Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Saarlooswolfhond

Posted by on Apr 17, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Saarlooswolfhond | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Saarlooswolfhond

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your SaarlooswolfhondBuying a pet identification tag for your Saarlooswolfhond is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty usually ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to buying any pet id tag for your Saarlooswolfhond:
1.What is the level of risk to your Saarlooswolfhond?
Missing Saarlooswolfhonds are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Saarlooswolfhond is a pro at jumping your fence, or can’t help tracking a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the possibility of a lost Saarlooswolfhond is high.

But losing your Saarlooswolfhond isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Saarlooswolfhonds get stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Saarlooswolfhond if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Saarlooswolfhond, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Saarlooswolfhond, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Saarlooswolfhond.

In this instance, will your Saarlooswolfhond’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Saarlooswolfhonds 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 proportional to value.

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

However for most Saarlooswolfhond owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, Saarlooswolfhonds are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Saarlooswolfhond’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newest entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Saarlooswolfhond’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic 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 severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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