How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Lapponian Herder

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Lapponian Herder, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Lapponian Herder

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Lapponian HerderBuying a pet ID tag for your Lapponian Herder is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to picking any pet id tag for your Lapponian Herder:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Lapponian Herder?
Lost Lapponian Herders are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Lapponian Herder is a master at hopping the fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or young and full of energy, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Lapponian Herder is high.

But losing your Lapponian Herder isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Lapponian Herders get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Lapponian Herder if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Lapponian Herder, particularly 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 Lapponian Herder, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Lapponian Herder.

In this instance, will your Lapponian Herder’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Lapponian Herders are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are several ways to determine the value of your Lapponian Herder. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Lapponian Herder) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

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

3.Using your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Lapponian Herder these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian 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 Lapponian Herders

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