Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Schapendoes

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Schapendoes | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Schapendoes

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your SchapendoesChoosing a pet ID tag for your Schapendoes is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute often ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Consider this prior to buying any pet id tag for your Schapendoes:
1.What is the level of risk to your Schapendoes?
Lost Schapendoess are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased Schapendoess lying by the side of the road. If your Schapendoes is a master at jumping your fence, or can’t help following a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or is not properly trained, the risk of a missing Schapendoes is high.

But losing your Schapendoes isn’t the only danger.

Some Schapendoess are stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Schapendoes, 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, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your Schapendoes.

In this case, will your Schapendoes’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, 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 Schapendoess are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to assess the value of your Schapendoes. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Schapendoes) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Schapendoes owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Schapendoes determines its value. For many, Schapendoess are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Schapendoes’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 traditional kinds of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Schapendoes these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Schapendoes’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 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 easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Schapendoess

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