Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Irish Wolfhound

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Irish Wolfhound, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Irish Wolfhound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Irish WolfhoundBuying a pet identification tag for your Irish Wolfhound is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so 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 price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being a regret, long-term.

Consider the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Irish Wolfhound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Irish Wolfhound?
Missing Irish Wolfhounds are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Irish Wolfhound!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Irish Wolfhound is a pro at escaping your fence, or cannot help following a scent, or young and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Irish Wolfhound is high.

But losing your Irish Wolfhound isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Irish Wolfhounds get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Irish Wolfhound if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Irish Wolfhound, 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 furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your Irish Wolfhound.

In this case, will your Irish Wolfhound’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Irish Wolfhounds are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Irish Wolfhound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Irish Wolfhound) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Irish Wolfhound owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Irish Wolfhounds are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Most pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Irish Wolfhound’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Irish Wolfhound these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Irish Wolfhounds

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