Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Poodle

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Poodle | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Poodle

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your PoodleBuying a pet ID tag for your Poodle is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Poodle:
1.What is the level of risk to your Poodle?
Missing Poodles are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Poodle!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Poodle is a master at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and energetic, or is not properly trained, the risk of a lost Poodle is high.

But losing your Poodle isn’t the only possibility.

Some Poodles are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Poodle if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Poodle, particularly 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 Poodle, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your Poodle.

In this instance, will your Poodle’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Poodles are just 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 Poodle. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Poodle) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Poodle owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Poodle sets its value. For many owners, Poodles are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Many pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Poodle’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 customary types of tags can purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny 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 vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Poodles

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