Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Stabyhoun

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Stabyhoun | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Stabyhoun

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your StabyhounChoosing a pet identification tag for your Stabyhoun is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Stabyhoun:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Stabyhoun?
Missing Stabyhouns are certainly common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Stabyhoun is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or young and spry, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Stabyhoun is high.

But losing your Stabyhoun isn’t the only possibility.

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

And what is the danger to your Stabyhoun if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Stabyhoun, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Stabyhoun, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Stabyhoun’s temporary or new steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Stabyhouns are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

But for most Stabyhoun owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many owners, Stabyhouns are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Stabyhoun these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Stabyhoun’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic 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 also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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