Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Dutch Smoushond

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Dutch Smoushond, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Dutch Smoushond

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Dutch SmoushondBuying a pet ID tag for your Dutch Smoushond is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

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

Think about this prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Dutch Smoushond:
1.What is the level of risk to your Dutch Smoushond?
Lost Dutch Smoushonds are very common – we have all noticed “Lost Dutch Smoushond!” signs setup around town, or dead Dutch Smoushonds lying on the side of the road. If your Dutch Smoushond is a master at hopping your fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Dutch Smoushond is high.

But losing your Dutch Smoushond isn’t the only concern.

Some Dutch Smoushonds are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Dutch Smoushond, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Dutch Smoushond, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Dutch Smoushond.

In this instance, will your Dutch Smoushond’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or requires 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 beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Dutch Smoushonds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

However for most Dutch Smoushond owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Dutch Smoushond determines its value. For many owners, Dutch Smoushonds 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 have artwork or logos, too. Many pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Dutch Smoushond’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Dutch Smoushond these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Dutch Smoushond’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Dutch Smoushonds

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