Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Transylvanian Hound

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Transylvanian Hound | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Transylvanian Hound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Transylvanian HoundChoosing a pet ID tag for your Transylvanian Hound is like buying insurance – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy usually ends up being unwise, down the road.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Transylvanian Hound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Transylvanian Hound?
Missing Transylvanian Hounds are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Transylvanian Hound!” signs posted around town, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Transylvanian Hound is a pro at hopping the fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Transylvanian Hound is high.

But losing your Transylvanian Hound isn’t the only concern.

Some Transylvanian Hounds are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Transylvanian Hound, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Transylvanian Hound, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Transylvanian Hound’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Transylvanian Hounds are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Transylvanian Hound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Transylvanian Hound) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Transylvanian Hound owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Transylvanian Hound determines its value. For many owners, Transylvanian Hounds are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, too. Most pet identification 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 Transylvanian Hound’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Transylvanian Hound these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Transylvanian Hound’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 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 severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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