Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Sloughi

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

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your SloughiChoosing a pet ID tag for your Sloughi is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be a regret, down the road.

Think about this prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Sloughi:
1.What is the level of risk to your Sloughi?
Lost Sloughis are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Sloughi!” signs setup around town, or dead Sloughis lying along the side of the road. If your Sloughi is a master at breaking through your fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a missing Sloughi is high.

But losing your Sloughi isn’t the only concern.

Some Sloughis are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi 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 religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Sloughi if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Sloughi, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your Sloughi.

In this instance, will your Sloughi’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Sloughis are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to determine the value of your Sloughi. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Sloughi) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Sloughi owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many owners, Sloughis are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Most pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

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

Luckily, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Sloughi 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 identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Sloughi’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small 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 vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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