Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Bouvier Des Ardennes

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Bouvier Des Ardennes, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Bouvier Des Ardennes

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

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or pretty often proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Consider the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Bouvier Des Ardennes:
1.What is the level of risk to your Bouvier Des Ardennes?
Lost Bouvier Des Ardenness are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Bouvier Des Ardennes!” signs tacked around the city, or dead Bouvier Des Ardenness lying by the edge of the road. If your Bouvier Des Ardennes is a master at tunneling under your fence, or can’t resist chasing a scent, or young and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Bouvier Des Ardennes is high.

But losing your Bouvier Des Ardennes isn’t the only concern.

Some Bouvier Des Ardenness get stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Bouvier Des Ardennes if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Bouvier Des Ardennes, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Bouvier Des Ardennes’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Bouvier Des Ardenness are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are several ways to determine the value of your Bouvier Des Ardennes. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Bouvier Des Ardennes) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Bouvier Des Ardennes owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Bouvier Des Ardenness are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually 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 Bouvier Des Ardennes’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Bouvier Des Ardennes these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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