Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Longhaired Whippet

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Longhaired Whippet, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Longhaired Whippet

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Longhaired WhippetPicking a pet identification tag for your Longhaired Whippet is like purchasing 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 “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute often proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Think about this before picking any pet id tag for your Longhaired Whippet:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Longhaired Whippet?
Missing Longhaired Whippets are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Longhaired Whippet!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased Longhaired Whippets lying on the edge of the road. If your Longhaired Whippet is a master at hopping your fence, or can’t help following a scent, or young and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a missing Longhaired Whippet is high.

But losing your Longhaired Whippet isn’t the only risk.

Some Longhaired Whippets are 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 at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Longhaired Whippet if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Longhaired Whippet, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Longhaired Whippet.

In this case, will your Longhaired Whippet’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Longhaired Whippets are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Longhaired Whippet owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Longhaired Whippet sets its value. For many, Longhaired Whippets are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

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

One of the newest entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Longhaired Whippet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Longhaired Whippets

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