Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Chippiparai

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Chippiparai, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Chippiparai

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your ChippiparaiChoosing a pet identification tag for your Chippiparai is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real 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 consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute usually ends up being foolish, down the road.

Consider this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Chippiparai:
1.What is the level of risk to your Chippiparai?
Lost Chippiparais are very common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or dead Chippiparais lying along the edge of the road. If your Chippiparai is a pro at hopping your fence, or cannot help following a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or is not well trained, the chance of a missing Chippiparai is high.

But losing your Chippiparai isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Chippiparais are stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Chippiparai, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Chippiparai, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your Chippiparai.

In this instance, will your Chippiparai’s temporary or new caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Chippiparais are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there are many ways to assess the value of your Chippiparai. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Chippiparai) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Chippiparai owners, the emotional attachment they have to their Chippiparai determines its value. For many, Chippiparais 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 ID tag?

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

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

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

One of the newer entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’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 polymer 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 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 Chippiparais

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