How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Chinese Crested Dog

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Animal Care, Chinese Crested Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Chinese Crested Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Chinese Crested DogBuying a pet identification tag for your Chinese Crested Dog is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Chinese Crested Dog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Chinese Crested Dog?
Lost Chinese Crested Dogs are very common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased Chinese Crested Dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Chinese Crested Dog is a pro at breaking through your fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a lost Chinese Crested Dog is high.

But losing your Chinese Crested Dog isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Chinese Crested Dogs get stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Chinese Crested Dog if something happens to you, its owner?

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

In this case, will your Chinese Crested Dog’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Chinese Crested Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Chinese Crested Dog. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Chinese Crested Dog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Chinese Crested Dog owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Chinese Crested Dog determines its value. For many, Chinese Crested Dogs are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Many pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Chinese Crested Dog’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Chinese Crested Dog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Chinese Crested Dog’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into 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 small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Chinese Crested Dogs

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