Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Finnish Lapphund

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Finnish Lapphund, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Finnish Lapphund

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Finnish LapphundChoosing a pet ID tag for your Finnish Lapphund is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually proves to be unwise, down the road.

Think about this before choosing any pet id tag for your Finnish Lapphund:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Finnish Lapphund?
Lost Finnish Lapphunds are very common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or dead Finnish Lapphunds lying by the edge of the road. If your Finnish Lapphund is a master at breaking through the fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or young and vigorous, or is not properly trained, the chance of a missing Finnish Lapphund is high.

But losing your Finnish Lapphund isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Finnish Lapphunds get stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido in hopes of getting 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 religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Finnish Lapphund if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Finnish Lapphund, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Finnish Lapphund’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Finnish Lapphunds are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Finnish Lapphund owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many owners, Finnish Lapphunds are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From 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 information. Some have logos or artwork, too. Many pet identification tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

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

Luckily, there are many more options of pet ID tags for your Finnish Lapphund these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Finnish Lapphund’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Finnish Lapphunds

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