Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Black Norwegian Elkhound

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Animal Care, Black Norwegian Elkhound, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Black Norwegian Elkhound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Black Norwegian ElkhoundPicking a pet ID tag for your Black Norwegian Elkhound is like buying insurance – 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 “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being unwise, down the road.

Think about this prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Black Norwegian Elkhound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Black Norwegian Elkhound?
Lost Black Norwegian Elkhounds are very common – we have all seen “Lost Black Norwegian Elkhound!” signs setup around town, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Black Norwegian Elkhound is a master at escaping your fence, or cannot resist following a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or is not well trained, the chance of a lost Black Norwegian Elkhound is high.

But losing your Black Norwegian Elkhound isn’t the only danger.

Some Black Norwegian Elkhounds get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Black Norwegian Elkhound if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Black Norwegian Elkhound, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Black Norwegian Elkhound, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Black Norwegian Elkhound’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Black Norwegian Elkhounds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Black Norwegian Elkhound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Black Norwegian Elkhound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Black Norwegian Elkhound owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, Black Norwegian Elkhounds are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

Pet identification tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Most pet identification 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 Black Norwegian Elkhound’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Black Norwegian Elkhound 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 ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Black Norwegian Elkhound’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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