Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Chesapeake Bay RetrieverBuying a pet ID tag for your Chesapeake Bay Retriever is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” 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. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s cheap or pretty usually ends up being unwise, long-term.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Chesapeake Bay Retriever:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Chesapeake Bay Retriever?
Lost Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Chesapeake Bay Retriever!” signs setup around town, or deceased Chesapeake Bay Retrievers lying by the edge of the road. If your Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a pro at jumping your fence, or can’t resist following a scent, or young and energetic, or is not well trained, the risk of a missing Chesapeake Bay Retriever is high.

But losing your Chesapeake Bay Retriever isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Chesapeake Bay Retrievers get stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Fido 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 satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Chesapeake Bay Retriever if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are just 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.

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

But for most Chesapeake Bay Retriever owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Chesapeake Bay Retriever determines its value. For many, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

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

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

Luckily, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Chesapeake Bay Retriever these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

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