Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Bouvier Des Flandres

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Animal Care, Bouvier Des Flandres, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Bouvier Des Flandres

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Bouvier Des FlandresPicking a pet ID tag for your Bouvier Des Flandres is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being a regret, down the road.

Consider the following before buying any pet id tag for your Bouvier Des Flandres:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Bouvier Des Flandres?
Lost Bouvier Des Flandress are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Bouvier Des Flandres!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Bouvier Des Flandres is a master at breaking through the fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Bouvier Des Flandres is high.

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

Sometimes Bouvier Des Flandress get stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Bouvier Des Flandres if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Bouvier Des Flandres, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Bouvier Des Flandres, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Bouvier Des Flandres.

In this instance, will your Bouvier Des Flandres’s temporary or new caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Bouvier Des Flandress are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there are many ways to assess the value of your Bouvier Des Flandres. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Bouvier Des Flandres) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Bouvier Des Flandres owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Bouvier Des Flandres sets its value. For many owners, Bouvier Des Flandress are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Bouvier Des Flandres’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Bouvier Des Flandres these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Bouvier Des Flandres’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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