Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Rottweiler

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Rottweiler | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Rottweiler

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your RottweilerBuying a pet ID tag for your Rottweiler is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual 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 think it through. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be a regret, down the road.

Think about this prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Rottweiler:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Rottweiler?
Lost Rottweilers are very common – we have all come across “Lost Rottweiler!” signs setup around town, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Rottweiler is a master at escaping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or young and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Rottweiler is high.

But losing your Rottweiler isn’t the only danger.

Some Rottweilers are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido 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 cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Rottweiler if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Rottweiler, 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 Rottweiler, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Rottweiler.

In this case, will your Rottweiler’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

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

Note that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Rottweiler. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Rottweiler) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Rottweiler owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Rottweilers are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

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

One of the newer entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into 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 trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Rottweilers

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