A Brief Overview on Selecting Your Family Pet’s ID Tag

Procuring a Pet ID tag is much like wearing a parachute when flying – you do so in the fervent hope you’re never going to need it. However, as we well know, the potential cost of not having a family pet identification tag can be far more than just the price of the tag itself.

The family pet ID tag you choose is important, so take a couple of minutes to check your options. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s low-cost or looks charming may prove risky in the long run.

Check these aspects below before making your purchase decision.

Consider the threat level with regard to your family pet. Animals getting lost are decidedly typical– we’ve all seen those Lost Dog (or Cat) posters around town, or family pets lying dead at the side of the roadway. The threat of losing your pet increases if it loves jumping the fence, or is the type of canine that cannot resist tracking a scent, or a young animal bursting with energy and insufficiently exercised or inappropriately trained.

Losing your pet’s not the only threat.

Some family pets are taken by thieves; an animal burglar may nab your furbaby in the hope of getting some benefit or reward on its return, or worst case scenario, for dog fights – even little or mild-mannered dogs may be utilised as dog-fight “bait” to incite the bigger dogs into the red zone of violence – or, for example, Satanic sacrifice rituals. You need to be able to track them and find them, quickly and effectively.

The next step is to define the threat to your animal should something adverse occur in your own life.

As an older person with a family pet for company, particularly if living alone or suffering ill health, chances are that at some point in time another person will have to take care of your furry companion, possibly with little if any prior notice. As with anybody, some form of disaster might strike which leaves you unable to continue taking care of your fur-buddy. In such circumstances, how will your pet’s new or temporary pet carer understand that your Woofer hates felines, Fido requires medication, or if Felix is housetrained? An animal ID tag with more than simply your name and contact number details might be exceptionally useful.

Decide what threat level is tolerable. Some family pets are just more critically important to their owners, who will readily agree the danger of losing their particular pet justifies a particular, if more costly, type of pet ID tag. The threat is always in direct proportion to your pet’s worth. And there may be more than one method to establish the value of your pet. Perhaps it is purely emotional attachment, which applies to most people whose felines or canines are a beloved part of their families – but it may also be financial value as in the instance of a rare or thoroughbred dog, or a practical consideration, such as a guide- or sheep-herding dog.

Based on your responses to these concerns, establish what it is you require in your family pet ID tag.

Animal ID tag products are available with differing features, sizes, and forms and carry varying quantities of information. Some include logo designs or art work. Many tags are attached to a collar. At the least, an animal ID tag ought to include the name, address and phone number of the pet owner in a resilient, easily readable form. The cheapest option, lightweight plastic tags might become discoloured or scratched, even chewed by your pet. Brass or Stainless-steel tags are long lasting, don’t fade or rust and these conventional pet ID tags can bought from any vet or family pet shop. Your cheapest options, still better than no ID, but of course they hold limited information restricted to the size of the tag.

Some examples are highlighted for you below:

Thankfully, nowadays there are many more options available in animal tags, which include microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, family pet registry web sites and voice-recorded Pet ID tags. Some prefer microchipping since this is not wholly dependent on a collar which may fall off or be removed, but then how does a person finding your lost pet know it’s been microchipped? Among the latest entries in the animal recognition market is a state-of-the-art Flash-Stick or USB drive attached to your animal’s collar (or connected to its cage), which holds up to 64MB of information, including all medical, dietary and other relevant details. The small USB drive is framed in a tough plastic or metal case. It can be plugged into any computer, updated quickly and provides simple-to-print features for your veterinarian or animal caretaker.

USB Pet ID Tags:











And finally there are the latest tracker options available.


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Whichever animal ID tag you pick, making sure your pet has some type of pet identification will bring you a sense of assurance far surpassing its cost. Hopefully we at House and Home Sitters have aided you in this process.