Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Wetterhoun

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Wetterhoun | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Wetterhoun

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your WetterhounPicking a pet identification tag for your Wetterhoun is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or pretty often proves to be unwise, down the road.

Consider the following prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Wetterhoun:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Wetterhoun?
Lost Wetterhouns are certainly common – we’ve all seen “Lost Wetterhoun!” signs posted around the city, or dead Wetterhouns lying by the edge of the road. If your Wetterhoun is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a lost Wetterhoun is high.

But losing your Wetterhoun isn’t the only danger.

Some Wetterhouns are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Wetterhoun, particularly 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, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Wetterhoun’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Wetterhouns are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Wetterhoun owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Wetterhouns are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Luckily, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Wetterhoun these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newest entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Wetterhoun’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete 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 easily 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.

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