How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Kintamani

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kintamani, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Kintamani

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

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be a regret, long-term.

Think about the following before picking any pet id tag for your Kintamani:
1.What is the level of risk to your Kintamani?
Lost Kintamanis are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Kintamani is a pro at hopping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a lost Kintamani is high.

But losing your Kintamani isn’t the only danger.

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

And what is the risk to your Kintamani if something happens to you, its owner?

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

In this instance, will your Kintamani’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Kintamanis are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are multiple ways to assess the value of your Kintamani. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Kintamani) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Kintamani owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many owners, Kintamanis are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Kintamani’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 types of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Kintamani these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Kintamani’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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