Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Treeing Walker Coonhound

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Treeing Walker CoonhoundChoosing a pet identification tag for your Treeing Walker Coonhound is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” 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 crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Treeing Walker Coonhound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Treeing Walker Coonhound?
Lost Treeing Walker Coonhounds are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Treeing Walker Coonhound!” signs posted around town, or deceased dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Treeing Walker Coonhound is a pro at jumping the fence, or cannot resist following a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a missing Treeing Walker Coonhound is high.

But losing your Treeing Walker Coonhound isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Treeing Walker Coonhounds are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (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 Treeing Walker Coonhound if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Treeing Walker Coonhound, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Treeing Walker Coonhound.

In this case, will your Treeing Walker Coonhound’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Treeing Walker Coonhounds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Treeing Walker Coonhound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Treeing Walker Coonhound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Treeing Walker Coonhound owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, Treeing Walker Coonhounds are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options in pet ID tags for your Treeing Walker Coonhound 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 game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Treeing Walker Coonhound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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