Buying a Pet ID Tag for The King Charles Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, King Charles Spaniel, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The King Charles Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your King Charles SpanielBuying a pet ID tag for your King Charles Spaniel is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never use 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 kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute usually proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Think about this before picking any pet id tag for your King Charles Spaniel:
1.What is the amount of risk to your King Charles Spaniel?
Missing King Charles Spaniels are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost King Charles Spaniel!” signs setup around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your King Charles Spaniel is a master at hopping your fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or young and energetic, or is not well trained, the chance of a missing King Charles Spaniel is high.

But losing your King Charles Spaniel isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes King Charles Spaniels are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your King Charles Spaniel if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a King Charles Spaniel, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your King Charles Spaniel, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your King Charles Spaniel’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some King Charles Spaniels are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to determine the value of your King Charles Spaniel. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred King Charles Spaniel) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most King Charles Spaniel owners, the companionship attachment they have with their King Charles Spaniel determines its value. For many, King Charles Spaniels are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the King Charles Spaniel’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your King Charles Spaniel’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 plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about King Charles Spaniels

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