Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Spanish Water Dog

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Spanish Water Dog | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Spanish Water Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Spanish Water DogChoosing a pet ID tag for your Spanish Water Dog is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never need 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 important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this prior to buying any pet id tag for your Spanish Water Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Spanish Water Dog?
Lost Spanish Water Dogs are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Spanish Water Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased Spanish Water Dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Spanish Water Dog is a pro at escaping the fence, or cannot resist chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Spanish Water Dog is high.

But losing your Spanish Water Dog isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Spanish Water Dogs get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (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 Spanish Water Dog if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Spanish Water Dog, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Spanish Water Dog, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Spanish Water Dog’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Spanish Water Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Spanish Water Dog owners, the emotional attachment they have to their Spanish Water Dog sets its value. For many people, Spanish Water Dogs are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, 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, also. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Spanish Water Dog’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. 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 economical however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Spanish Water Dog these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 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 easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Spanish Water Dogs

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