Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Greek Harehound

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

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being foolish, down the road.

Consider the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Greek Harehound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Greek Harehound?
Missing Greek Harehounds are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Greek Harehounds lying along the edge of the road. If your Greek Harehound is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or cannot help following a scent, or young and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Greek Harehound is high.

But losing your Greek Harehound isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Greek Harehounds are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit 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 Greek Harehound if something happens to you, the owner?

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

In this case, will your Greek Harehound’s new or temporary caregiver know that Spot 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 extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Greek Harehounds are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants 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 Greek Harehound. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Greek Harehound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Greek Harehound owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Greek Harehound determines its value. For many, Greek Harehounds are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Greek Harehound’s owner in a durable, legible 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 bought from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Greek Harehound these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Greek Harehound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Greek Harehounds

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