Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Berger Picard

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Berger Picard, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Berger Picard

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Berger PicardBuying a pet identification tag for your Berger Picard is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you’re never going to need 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 kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or cute usually ends up being a regret, down the road.

Consider this before buying any pet identification tag for your Berger Picard:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Berger Picard?
Lost Berger Picards are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Berger Picard!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Berger Picard is a pro at hopping your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a lost Berger Picard is high.

But losing your Berger Picard isn’t the only concern.

Some Berger Picards get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido 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 for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Berger Picard if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Berger Picard, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Berger Picard, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your companion.

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

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Berger Picards 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 proportionate to value.

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

But for most Berger Picard owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Berger Picard determines its value. For many, Berger Picards are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, too. Many pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Berger Picard’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 traditional types of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Berger Picard’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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