Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Barbet

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Barbet, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Barbet

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your BarbetBuying a pet ID tag for your Barbet is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the hopes that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be foolish, long-term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Barbet:
1.What is the level of risk to your Barbet?
Missing Barbets are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or deceased Barbets lying on the edge of the road. If your Barbet is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or young and spry, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a missing Barbet is high.

But losing your Barbet isn’t the only possibility.

Some Barbets get stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting 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 religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Barbet if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Barbet, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Barbet’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Barbets are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Barbet. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Barbet) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Barbet owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Barbet sets its value. For many, Barbets are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Most pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Barbet’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Barbet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny 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 also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Barbets

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