Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Schipperke

Posted by on Apr 17, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Schipperke | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Schipperke

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your SchipperkePicking a pet ID tag for your Schipperke is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Think about this before buying any pet id tag for your Schipperke:
1.What is the level of risk to your Schipperke?
Lost Schipperkes are very common – we’ve all seen “Lost Schipperke!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Schipperke is a master at jumping your fence, or can’t resist following a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Schipperke is high.

But losing your Schipperke isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Schipperkes are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi 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 risk to your Schipperke if something were to happen to you, its owner?

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

In this instance, will your Schipperke’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Schipperkes are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Schipperke. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Schipperke) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Schipperke owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Schipperke determines its value. For many, Schipperkes are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Schipperke’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Schipperke’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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