Picking a pet identification tag for your Ibizan Hound is like buying insurance – you do so with the faith 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 buying the pet tag itself.
The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute often ends up being foolish, long-term.
Think about this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Ibizan Hound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Ibizan Hound?
Missing Ibizan Hounds are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Ibizan Hound is a master at jumping the fence, or cannot resist following a smell, or young and spry, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Ibizan Hound is high.
But losing your Ibizan Hound isn’t the only possibility.
Some Ibizan Hounds get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover hoping to get 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 Ibizan Hound if something were to happen to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Ibizan Hound, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your companion.
In this instance, will your Ibizan Hound’s new or temporary caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.
2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Ibizan Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.
Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Ibizan Hound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Ibizan Hound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
However for most Ibizan Hound owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many, Ibizan Hounds are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?
Pet identification tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, as well. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Ibizan Hound’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 traditional types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Ibizan Hound these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.
One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Ibizan Hound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny 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 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 Ibizan Hounds
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