How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Polish Greyhound

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Polish Greyhound | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Polish Greyhound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Polish GreyhoundChoosing a pet ID tag for your Polish Greyhound 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 cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty usually proves to be a regret, down the road.

Consider this prior to buying any pet id tag for your Polish Greyhound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Polish Greyhound?
Missing Polish Greyhounds are very common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased Polish Greyhounds lying on the edge of the road. If your Polish Greyhound is a pro at escaping your fence, or cannot help following a smell, or youthful and spry, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a missing Polish Greyhound is high.

But losing your Polish Greyhound isn’t the only concern.

Some Polish Greyhounds are 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 susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Polish Greyhound if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Polish Greyhound, especially 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 little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your Polish Greyhound.

In this instance, will your Polish Greyhound’s new or temporary steward know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Polish Greyhounds are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Polish Greyhound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Polish Greyhound) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Polish Greyhound owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Polish Greyhound sets its value. For many, Polish Greyhounds are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, too. Many pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Polish Greyhound’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 info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Polish Greyhound 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 market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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