Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Volpino Italiano

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Volpino Italiano | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Volpino Italiano

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Volpino ItalianoChoosing a pet identification tag for your Volpino Italiano is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real 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 think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being unwise, long-term.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Volpino Italiano:
1.What is the level of risk to your Volpino Italiano?
Missing Volpino Italianos are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Volpino Italiano!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased Volpino Italianos lying on the edge of the road. If your Volpino Italiano is a master at escaping the fence, or can’t resist following a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a lost Volpino Italiano is high.

But losing your Volpino Italiano isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Volpino Italianos get stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi 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 Volpino Italiano if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Volpino Italiano, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Volpino Italiano’s temporary or new steward know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Volpino Italianos are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Volpino Italiano owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many owners, Volpino Italianos are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Volpino Italiano’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 kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Volpino Italiano’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Volpino Italianos

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