Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Istrian Shorthaired Hound

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Istrian Shorthaired HoundChoosing a pet identification tag for your Istrian Shorthaired Hound is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the hopes 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 purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy usually ends up being a regret, down the road.

Consider this prior to picking any pet id tag for your Istrian Shorthaired Hound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Istrian Shorthaired Hound?
Missing Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Istrian Shorthaired Hound!” signs tacked around the city, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Istrian Shorthaired Hound is a master at escaping your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or young and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a missing Istrian Shorthaired Hound is high.

But losing your Istrian Shorthaired Hound isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Istrian Shorthaired Hounds get stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (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 Istrian Shorthaired Hound if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Istrian Shorthaired Hound, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Istrian Shorthaired Hound, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your Istrian Shorthaired Hound.

In this instance, will your Istrian Shorthaired Hound’s new or temporary steward know that Spot hates cats, or needs medicine, 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 ok with?
Some Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to determine the value of your Istrian Shorthaired Hound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Istrian Shorthaired Hound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Istrian Shorthaired Hound owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Istrian Shorthaired Hound sets its value. For many, Istrian Shorthaired Hounds are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Istrian Shorthaired Hound’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Istrian Shorthaired Hound these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’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 polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically 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 low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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