Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Appenzeller Sennenhund

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Animal Care, Appenzeller Sennenhund, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Appenzeller Sennenhund

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Appenzeller SennenhundBuying a pet identification tag for your Appenzeller Sennenhund is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually ends up being unwise, long-term.

Consider the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Appenzeller Sennenhund:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Appenzeller Sennenhund?
Missing Appenzeller Sennenhunds are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Appenzeller Sennenhund is a pro at jumping your fence, or can’t help tracking a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Appenzeller Sennenhund is high.

But losing your Appenzeller Sennenhund isn’t the only risk.

Some Appenzeller Sennenhunds are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot 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 for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Appenzeller Sennenhund if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Appenzeller Sennenhund, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Appenzeller Sennenhund, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Appenzeller Sennenhund.

In this instance, will your Appenzeller Sennenhund’s temporary or new steward know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Appenzeller Sennenhunds are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Appenzeller Sennenhund. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Appenzeller Sennenhund) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Appenzeller Sennenhund owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Appenzeller Sennenhunds are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification 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 hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Appenzeller Sennenhund’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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