Picking a Pet ID Tag for The English Coonhound

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, English Coonhound, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The English Coonhound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your English CoonhoundBuying a pet identification tag for your English Coonhound is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your English Coonhound:
1.What is the level of risk to your English Coonhound?
Lost English Coonhounds are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost English Coonhound!” signs posted around town, or deceased English Coonhounds lying on the side of the road. If your English Coonhound is a pro at jumping your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a missing English Coonhound is high.

But losing your English Coonhound isn’t the only danger.

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

And what is the risk to your English Coonhound if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a English Coonhound, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your English Coonhound, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

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

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some English Coonhounds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your English Coonhound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred English Coonhound) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most English Coonhound owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, English Coonhounds are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. 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 English Coonhound’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your English Coonhound these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your English Coonhound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about English Coonhounds

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