Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Landseer

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Landseer, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Landseer

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your LandseerBuying a pet ID tag for your Landseer is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Landseer:
1.What is the level of risk to your Landseer?
Missing Landseers are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Landseer!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Landseers lying along the edge of the road. If your Landseer is a pro at breaking through your fence, or cannot resist following a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or is not well trained, the possibility of a missing Landseer is high.

But losing your Landseer isn’t the only danger.

Some Landseers are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (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 Landseer if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Landseer, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Landseer, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your Landseer.

In this instance, will your Landseer’s temporary or new caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Landseers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to assess the value of your Landseer. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Landseer) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Landseer owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many owners, Landseers are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options in pet ID tags for your Landseer these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

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

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