How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Podenco Canario

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Podenco Canario | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Podenco Canario

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Podenco CanarioBuying a pet ID tag for your Podenco Canario is like buying insurance – you do so with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following before choosing any pet id tag for your Podenco Canario:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Podenco Canario?
Lost Podenco Canarios are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or dead Podenco Canarios lying on the side of the road. If your Podenco Canario is a master at jumping the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Podenco Canario is high.

But losing your Podenco Canario isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Podenco Canarios are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido 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 satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Podenco Canario if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Podenco Canario, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Podenco Canario, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Podenco Canario’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Podenco Canarios are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

But for most Podenco Canario owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Podenco Canarios are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, as well. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Podenco Canario’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Podenco Canario these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent 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 can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Podenco Canarios

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