How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Swedish Vallhund

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Swedish Vallhund | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Swedish Vallhund

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Swedish VallhundPicking a pet ID tag for your Swedish Vallhund 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 “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Swedish Vallhund:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Swedish Vallhund?
Missing Swedish Vallhunds are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased Swedish Vallhunds lying on the edge of the road. If your Swedish Vallhund is a master at breaking through the fence, or can’t resist following a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a missing Swedish Vallhund is high.

But losing your Swedish Vallhund isn’t the only risk.

Some Swedish Vallhunds are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido 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 cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Swedish Vallhund if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Swedish Vallhund, 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 Swedish Vallhund, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Swedish Vallhund.

In this instance, will your Swedish Vallhund’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Swedish Vallhunds are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Swedish Vallhund. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Swedish Vallhund) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Swedish Vallhund owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Swedish Vallhunds are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Luckily, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Swedish Vallhund 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 ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) 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 easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Swedish Vallhunds

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