How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Samoyed

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

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

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Consider this prior to picking any pet id tag for your Samoyed:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Samoyed?
Missing Samoyeds are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Samoyed!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Samoyed is a pro at breaking through your fence, or cannot help following a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a missing Samoyed is high.

But losing your Samoyed isn’t the only danger.

Some Samoyeds get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover in hopes of getting 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 Samoyed if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Samoyed, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Samoyed, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

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

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Samoyeds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Samoyed. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Samoyed) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Samoyed owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Samoyed determines its value. For many people, Samoyeds are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

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

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 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 automatically 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 limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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