Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Coton De Tulear

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Coton De Tulear, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Coton De Tulear

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Coton De TulearChoosing a pet identification tag for your Coton De Tulear is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you won’t need 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 kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute usually proves to be a regret, long-term.

Think about the following before picking any pet id tag for your Coton De Tulear:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Coton De Tulear?
Missing Coton De Tulears are very common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Coton De Tulear is a master at breaking through the fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or young and energetic, or is not well trained, the risk of a lost Coton De Tulear is high.

But losing your Coton De Tulear isn’t the only possibility.

Some Coton De Tulears are 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 susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Coton De Tulear if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Coton De Tulear, 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 Coton De Tulear, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Coton De Tulear.

In this instance, will your Coton De Tulear’s new or temporary steward know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Coton De Tulears are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Coton De Tulear. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Coton De Tulear) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Coton De Tulear owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many owners, Coton De Tulears are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, too. Many 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 Coton De Tulear’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Coton De Tulear these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Coton De Tulears

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