Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Armant

Posted by on Apr 17, 2011 in Animal Care, Armant, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Armant

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your ArmantChoosing a pet ID tag for your Armant is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

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

Think about the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Armant:
1.What is the level of risk to your Armant?
Lost Armants are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Armant!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased Armants lying by the side of the road. If your Armant is a master at hopping the fence, or can’t resist chasing a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a missing Armant is high.

But losing your Armant isn’t the only risk.

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

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Armant, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Armant’s new or temporary steward know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Armants are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Armant owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Armant determines its value. For many people, Armants are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Armant’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 veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet 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 also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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