Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Drever

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Drever, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Drever

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your DreverChoosing a pet identification tag for your Drever is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being a regret, long-term.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Drever:
1.What is the level of risk to your Drever?
Missing Drevers are very common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Drever is a pro at jumping the fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and vigorous, or is not properly trained, the risk of a missing Drever is high.

But losing your Drever isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Drevers are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Drever, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your Drever.

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

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Drevers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

But for most Drever owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Drever determines its value. For many people, Drevers 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 identification tag?

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

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

Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Drever these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification 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 used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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