Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your French Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, French Spaniel, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your French Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your French SpanielChoosing a pet identification tag for your French Spaniel is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never use 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 kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically picking a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Think about this before choosing any pet identification tag for your French Spaniel:
1.What is the level of risk to your French Spaniel?
Missing French Spaniels are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost French Spaniel!” signs tacked around town, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your French Spaniel is a pro at hopping your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a missing French Spaniel is high.

But losing your French Spaniel isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes French Spaniels get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your French Spaniel if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a French Spaniel, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your French Spaniel, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your French Spaniel’s temporary or new caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, 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 comfortable with?
Some French Spaniels are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there are several ways to determine the value of your French Spaniel. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred French Spaniel) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most French Spaniel owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, French Spaniels are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification 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 comprehensive 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 vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about French Spaniels

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