Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Smooth Collie

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Smooth Collie | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Smooth Collie

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Smooth CollieBuying a pet ID tag for your Smooth Collie is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being a regret, long-term.

Consider the following before picking any pet identification tag for your Smooth Collie:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Smooth Collie?
Lost Smooth Collies are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Smooth Collie is a pro at hopping your fence, or cannot resist chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the risk of a missing Smooth Collie is high.

But losing your Smooth Collie isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Smooth Collies are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Smooth Collie if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Smooth Collie, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill 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 leaves you incapable of caring for your Smooth Collie.

In this instance, will your Smooth Collie’s new or temporary steward know that Spot hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Smooth Collies are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

But for most Smooth Collie owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Smooth Collie sets its value. For many owners, Smooth Collies are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

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

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Smooth Collie these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer 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 low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Smooth Collies

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