Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Dutch Shepherd Dog

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Dutch Shepherd Dog, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Dutch Shepherd Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Dutch Shepherd DogChoosing a pet identification tag for your Dutch Shepherd Dog is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy usually proves to be a regret, down the road.

Consider this before picking any pet identification tag for your Dutch Shepherd Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Dutch Shepherd Dog?
Lost Dutch Shepherd Dogs are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or dead Dutch Shepherd Dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Dutch Shepherd Dog is a master at tunneling under your fence, or can’t help tracking a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Dutch Shepherd Dog is high.

But losing your Dutch Shepherd Dog isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Dutch Shepherd Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Dutch Shepherd Dog if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Dutch Shepherd Dog, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Dutch Shepherd Dog, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Dutch Shepherd Dog’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Dutch Shepherd Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there are multiple ways to determine the value of your Dutch Shepherd Dog. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Dutch Shepherd Dog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Dutch Shepherd Dog owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many owners, Dutch Shepherd Dogs are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Dutch Shepherd Dog’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 gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Dutch Shepherd Dog’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 plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically 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.

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