How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for The English Foxhound

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, English Foxhound, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for The English Foxhound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your English FoxhoundChoosing a pet identification tag for your English Foxhound is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your English Foxhound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your English Foxhound?
Missing English Foxhounds are very common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased English Foxhounds lying by the side of the road. If your English Foxhound is a master at escaping your fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a lost English Foxhound is high.

But losing your English Foxhound isn’t the only concern.

Some English Foxhounds are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your English Foxhound if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a English Foxhound, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your English Foxhound.

In this instance, will your English Foxhound’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, 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 danger are you ok with?
Some English Foxhounds are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your English Foxhound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred English Foxhound) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most English Foxhound owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, English Foxhounds are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the English Foxhound’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your English Foxhound these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification 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 diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about English Foxhounds

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