Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Cavalier King Charles SpanielBuying a pet ID tag for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly 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. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or cute often ends up being foolish, down the road.

Consider this before choosing any pet id tag for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Lost Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or deceased Cavalier King Charles Spaniels lying along the side of the road. If your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a pro at escaping your fence, or can’t help following a smell, or young and energetic, or is not well trained, the chance of a lost Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is high.

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

Some Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido 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 as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

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

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are many ways to determine the value of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

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

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

Pet identification tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, too. Many pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Cavalier King Charles 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 types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s collar (or is attached to their cage) 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 vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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