Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Chinese Imperial Dog

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Chinese Imperial Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Chinese Imperial Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Chinese Imperial DogBuying a pet ID tag for your Chinese Imperial Dog is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real 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 cute often proves to be foolish, long-term.

Think about the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Chinese Imperial Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Chinese Imperial Dog?
Missing Chinese Imperial Dogs are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or dead Chinese Imperial Dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Chinese Imperial Dog is a pro at hopping the fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a lost Chinese Imperial Dog is high.

But losing your Chinese Imperial Dog isn’t the only risk.

Some Chinese Imperial Dogs get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Chinese Imperial Dog if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Chinese Imperial Dog, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Chinese Imperial Dog’s new or temporary caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Chinese Imperial Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

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

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

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Chinese Imperial Dog’s owner in a durable, legible 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 purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Chinese Imperial Dog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Chinese Imperial Dog’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Chinese Imperial Dogs

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