Picking a pet ID tag for your Bluetick Coonhound is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.
The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty often proves to be unwise, long-term.
Think about the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Bluetick Coonhound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Bluetick Coonhound?
Missing Bluetick Coonhounds are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Bluetick Coonhound is a pro at jumping the fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or young and vigorous, or is not well trained, the risk of a missing Bluetick Coonhound is high.
But losing your Bluetick Coonhound isn’t the only concern.
Some Bluetick Coonhounds are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.
And what is the risk to your Bluetick Coonhound if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Bluetick Coonhound, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Bluetick Coonhound, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Bluetick Coonhound.
In this instance, will your Bluetick Coonhound’s new or temporary caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.
2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Bluetick Coonhounds are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Bluetick Coonhound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Bluetick Coonhound) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Bluetick Coonhound owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Bluetick Coonhound sets its value. For many people, Bluetick Coonhounds are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?
Pet identification tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Bluetick Coonhound’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Bluetick Coonhound these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id 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 pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny 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, because of bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Bluetick Coonhounds
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