How to Choose a Pet Identification Tag for Your Siberian Husky

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Siberian Husky | Comments Off on How to Choose a Pet Identification Tag for Your Siberian Husky

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Siberian HuskyPicking a pet identification tag for your Siberian Husky is like purchasing an insurance policy – 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 costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Think about this prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Siberian Husky:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Siberian Husky?
Missing Siberian Huskys are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Siberian Husky!” signs plastered around the city, or dead Siberian Huskys lying along the edge of the road. If your Siberian Husky is a pro at escaping the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and spry, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a missing Siberian Husky is high.

But losing your Siberian Husky isn’t the only danger.

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

And what is the danger to your Siberian Husky if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Siberian Husky, 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 struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Siberian Husky’s temporary or new steward know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

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

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

However for most Siberian Husky owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Siberian Huskys are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

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

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Siberian Husky these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Siberian Huskys

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