Picking a pet identification tag for your Sussex Spaniel is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.
The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute usually ends up being a regret, long-term.
Consider this before choosing any pet identification tag for your Sussex Spaniel:
1.What is the level of risk to your Sussex Spaniel?
Missing Sussex Spaniels are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Sussex Spaniel!” signs setup around the city, or deceased dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Sussex Spaniel is a pro at hopping the fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or youthful and spry, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a missing Sussex Spaniel is high.
But losing your Sussex Spaniel isn’t the only risk.
Sometimes Sussex Spaniels are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.
And what is the danger to your Sussex Spaniel if something were to happen to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Sussex Spaniel, especially if you live by yourself 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 little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.
In this instance, will your Sussex Spaniel’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.
2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Sussex Spaniels are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.
Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Sussex Spaniel. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Sussex Spaniel) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
However for most Sussex Spaniel owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Sussex Spaniel determines its value. For many, Sussex Spaniels are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?
Pet identification tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, too. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Sussex Spaniel’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Sussex Spaniel these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.
One of the newer entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Sussex Spaniel’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically 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 Sussex Spaniels
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