Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Cao De Castro Laboreiro

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Animal Care, Cao De Castro Laboreiro, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Cao De Castro Laboreiro

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Cao De Castro LaboreiroBuying a pet ID tag for your Cao De Castro Laboreiro is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or pretty usually ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Consider this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Cao De Castro Laboreiro:
1.What is the level of risk to your Cao De Castro Laboreiro?
Missing Cao De Castro Laboreiros are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Cao De Castro Laboreiro!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Cao De Castro Laboreiro is a master at hopping the fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Cao De Castro Laboreiro is high.

But losing your Cao De Castro Laboreiro isn’t the only danger.

Some Cao De Castro Laboreiros are stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Cao De Castro Laboreiro if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Cao De Castro Laboreiro, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high 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 disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Cao De Castro Laboreiro’s new or temporary caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Cao De Castro Laboreiros are just 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 several ways to assess the value of your Cao De Castro Laboreiro. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Cao De Castro Laboreiro) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Cao De Castro Laboreiro owners, the emotional attachment they have to their Cao De Castro Laboreiro sets its value. For many, Cao De Castro Laboreiros are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Cao De Castro Laboreiro’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Cao De Castro Laboreiro these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Cao De Castro Laboreiro’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Cao De Castro Laboreiros

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