Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Redbone Coonhound

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Redbone CoonhoundBuying a pet ID tag for your Redbone Coonhound is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty usually ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Redbone Coonhound:
1.What is the level of risk to your Redbone Coonhound?
Lost Redbone Coonhounds are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased Redbone Coonhounds lying by the edge of the road. If your Redbone Coonhound is a pro at hopping the fence, or can’t help following a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a lost Redbone Coonhound is high.

But losing your Redbone Coonhound isn’t the only danger.

Some Redbone Coonhounds get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover 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 as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Redbone Coonhound if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Redbone Coonhound, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your Redbone Coonhound.

In this case, will your Redbone Coonhound’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Redbone Coonhounds are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

However for most Redbone Coonhound owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many people, Redbone Coonhounds are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Redbone Coonhound’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 purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the recent entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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