Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Taigan

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Taigan | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Taigan

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your TaiganBuying a pet ID tag for your Taigan is like buying insurance – you do so with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Think about this before buying any pet id tag for your Taigan:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Taigan?
Missing Taigans are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Taigan is a master at jumping your fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or youthful and spry, or is not well trained, the risk of a missing Taigan is high.

But losing your Taigan isn’t the only danger.

Some Taigans get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido hoping to get 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 satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Taigan, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Taigan, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Taigan.

In this case, will your Taigan’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

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

Keep in mind that there are several ways to assess the value of your Taigan. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Taigan) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Taigan owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Taigan sets its value. For many owners, Taigans are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Taigan 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 game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Taigans

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