Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Small Munsterlander

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Small Munsterlander | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Small Munsterlander

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Small MunsterlanderPicking a pet ID tag for your Small Munsterlander is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute usually ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Small Munsterlander:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Small Munsterlander?
Lost Small Munsterlanders are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Small Munsterlander!” signs setup around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Small Munsterlander is a master at tunneling under the fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Small Munsterlander is high.

But losing your Small Munsterlander isn’t the only possibility.

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

And what is the risk to your Small Munsterlander if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Small Munsterlander, particularly 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 Small Munsterlander, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Small Munsterlander’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Small Munsterlanders are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

But for most Small Munsterlander owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Small Munsterlander sets its value. For many, Small Munsterlanders are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Small Munsterlander’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 traditional types of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Small Munsterlander’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete 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 vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Small Munsterlanders

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