How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for The Mudi

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Mudi, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for The Mudi

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your MudiPicking a pet identification tag for your Mudi is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy usually ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Consider this before picking any pet id tag for your Mudi:
1.What is the level of risk to your Mudi?
Lost Mudis are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Mudi!” signs setup around the city, or dead Mudis lying along the edge of the road. If your Mudi is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Mudi is high.

But losing your Mudi isn’t the only concern.

Some Mudis are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog 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 risk to your Mudi if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Mudi, particularly 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 furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your Mudi.

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

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Mudis are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Mudi. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Mudi) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

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

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

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

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

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

One of the recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’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 plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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