How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Kooikerhondje

Posted by on Apr 17, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kooikerhondje, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Kooikerhondje

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your KooikerhondjeBuying a pet ID tag for your Kooikerhondje is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the devout wish 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 kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be foolish, down the road.

Consider the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Kooikerhondje:
1.What is the level of risk to your Kooikerhondje?
Lost Kooikerhondjes are very common – we have all seen “Lost Kooikerhondje!” signs posted around town, or deceased Kooikerhondjes lying along the edge of the road. If your Kooikerhondje is a master at escaping the fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a missing Kooikerhondje is high.

But losing your Kooikerhondje isn’t the only concern.

Some Kooikerhondjes are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Kooikerhondje if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Kooikerhondje, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good 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 Kooikerhondje.

In this instance, will your Kooikerhondje’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

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

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

However for most Kooikerhondje owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Kooikerhondje sets its value. For many people, Kooikerhondjes are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet ID tags for your Kooikerhondje these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Kooikerhondjes

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