How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Keeshond

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Keeshond, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Keeshond

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your KeeshondPicking a pet identification tag for your Keeshond is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often ends up being foolish, long-term.

Consider this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Keeshond:
1.What is the level of risk to your Keeshond?
Missing Keeshonds are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Keeshond is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot resist chasing a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Keeshond is high.

But losing your Keeshond isn’t the only possibility.

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

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

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

In this instance, will your Keeshond’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Keeshonds 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 is more than one way to calculate the value of your Keeshond. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Keeshond) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Keeshond owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, Keeshonds are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options in pet ID tags for your Keeshond these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Keeshond’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete 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 automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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