How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Dunker

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Dunker, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Dunker

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your DunkerChoosing a pet identification tag for your Dunker is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or trendy usually proves to be a regret, down the road.

Think about the following prior to picking any pet id tag for your Dunker:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Dunker?
Missing Dunkers are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or dead Dunkers lying on the side of the road. If your Dunker is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or can’t help tracking a smell, or young and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a lost Dunker is high.

But losing your Dunker isn’t the only danger.

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

And what is the danger to your Dunker if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Dunker, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your companion.

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

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

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

However for most Dunker owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, Dunkers are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Dunker’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. 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 economical however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Dunker’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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