Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Basque Shepherd Dog

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Basque Shepherd Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Basque Shepherd Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Basque Shepherd DogPicking a pet identification tag for your Basque Shepherd Dog is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this before choosing any pet identification tag for your Basque Shepherd Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Basque Shepherd Dog?
Missing Basque Shepherd Dogs are very common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Basque Shepherd Dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Basque Shepherd Dog is a master at jumping the fence, or cannot help following a smell, or young and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Basque Shepherd Dog is high.

But losing your Basque Shepherd Dog isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Basque Shepherd Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Basque Shepherd Dog, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

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

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Basque Shepherd Dogs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Basque Shepherd Dog. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Basque Shepherd Dog) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Basque Shepherd Dog owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Basque Shepherd Dog sets its value. For many, Basque Shepherd Dogs are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your responses to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Most pet identification 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 Basque Shepherd Dog’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Basque Shepherd Dog’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Basque Shepherd Dogs

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