How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Pharaoh Hound

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Pharaoh Hound | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Pharaoh Hound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Pharaoh HoundBuying a pet ID tag for your Pharaoh Hound is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about the following prior to buying any pet id tag for your Pharaoh Hound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Pharaoh Hound?
Lost Pharaoh Hounds are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead Pharaoh Hounds lying along the side of the road. If your Pharaoh Hound is a master at hopping your fence, or cannot help following a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a lost Pharaoh Hound is high.

But losing your Pharaoh Hound isn’t the only concern.

Some Pharaoh Hounds get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Pharaoh Hound, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Pharaoh Hound.

In this case, will your Pharaoh Hound’s new or temporary caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? 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 Pharaoh Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Pharaoh Hound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Pharaoh Hound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Pharaoh Hound owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, Pharaoh Hounds are like 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 shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, as well. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

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

Luckily, you have many more options in pet ID tags for your Pharaoh Hound these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Pharaoh Hound’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily 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, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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