How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Schweizer Laufhund

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Schweizer Laufhund | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Schweizer Laufhund

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Schweizer LaufhundBuying a pet ID tag for your Schweizer Laufhund is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” 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 picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Schweizer Laufhund:
1.What is the level of risk to your Schweizer Laufhund?
Lost Schweizer Laufhunds are very common – we’ve all seen “Lost Schweizer Laufhund!” signs plastered around the city, or dead Schweizer Laufhunds lying on the side of the road. If your Schweizer Laufhund is a pro at jumping your fence, or cannot help following a smell, or young and spry, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Schweizer Laufhund is high.

But losing your Schweizer Laufhund isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Schweizer Laufhunds get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Schweizer Laufhund if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Schweizer Laufhund, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Schweizer Laufhund, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your companion.

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

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Schweizer Laufhunds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Schweizer Laufhund. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Schweizer Laufhund) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Schweizer Laufhund owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many owners, Schweizer Laufhunds are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Schweizer Laufhund’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Schweizer Laufhund these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Schweizer Laufhund’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Schweizer Laufhunds

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