Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Finnish Spitz

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Finnish Spitz, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Finnish Spitz

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Finnish SpitzBuying a pet ID tag for your Finnish Spitz is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” 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 important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be foolish, down the road.

Think about the following before choosing any pet id tag for your Finnish Spitz:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Finnish Spitz?
Lost Finnish Spitzs are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Finnish Spitz!” signs tacked around the city, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Finnish Spitz is a master at hopping your fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Finnish Spitz is high.

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

Sometimes Finnish Spitzs are stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Finnish Spitz if something happens to you, the owner?

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

In this case, will your Finnish Spitz’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, 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 level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Finnish Spitzs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Finnish Spitz. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Finnish Spitz) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Finnish Spitz owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Finnish Spitz sets its value. For many, Finnish Spitzs are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, also. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

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

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Finnish Spitz these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Finnish Spitz’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small 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 are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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