Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Artois Hound

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Artois Hound, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Artois Hound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Artois HoundBuying a pet ID tag for your Artois Hound is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be a regret, down the road.

Consider this before picking any pet identification tag for your Artois Hound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Artois Hound?
Lost Artois Hounds are certainly common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Artois Hound is a master at hopping your fence, or can’t help tracking a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not well trained, the chance of a missing Artois Hound is high.

But losing your Artois Hound isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Artois Hounds are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Spot in hopes of getting 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 cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Artois Hound, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your Artois Hound.

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

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Artois Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Artois Hound owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, Artois Hounds are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Artois Hound 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 ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Artois Hound’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 polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Artois Hounds

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