Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Rafeiro Do Alentejo

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Rafeiro Do Alentejo | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Rafeiro Do Alentejo

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Rafeiro Do AlentejoPicking a pet ID tag for your Rafeiro Do Alentejo is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real 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 consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Consider this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Rafeiro Do Alentejo:
1.What is the level of risk to your Rafeiro Do Alentejo?
Lost Rafeiro Do Alentejos are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Rafeiro Do Alentejos lying by the edge of the road. If your Rafeiro Do Alentejo is a pro at hopping the fence, or cannot help chasing a smell, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Rafeiro Do Alentejo is high.

But losing your Rafeiro Do Alentejo isn’t the only danger.

Some Rafeiro Do Alentejos are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Rafeiro Do Alentejo if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Rafeiro Do Alentejo, particularly 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 Rafeiro Do Alentejo, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Rafeiro Do Alentejo’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Rafeiro Do Alentejos are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Rafeiro Do Alentejo. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Rafeiro Do Alentejo) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Rafeiro Do Alentejo owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Rafeiro Do Alentejo determines its value. For many, Rafeiro Do Alentejos are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, too. Many pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Rafeiro Do Alentejo’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. 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 economical but the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Rafeiro Do Alentejo these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entries 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 holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small 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 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 Rafeiro Do Alentejos

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