Buying a pet identification tag for your Clumber Spaniel is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to need 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 kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be unwise, down the road.
Consider the following prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Clumber Spaniel:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Clumber Spaniel?
Lost Clumber Spaniels are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or dead Clumber Spaniels lying by the edge of the road. If your Clumber Spaniel is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot resist following a smell, or young and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a missing Clumber Spaniel is high.
But losing your Clumber Spaniel isn’t the only danger.
Sometimes Clumber Spaniels are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido in hopes of getting 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 religious rituals.
And what is the danger to your Clumber Spaniel if something were to happen to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Clumber Spaniel, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Clumber Spaniel, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your Clumber Spaniel.
In this case, will your Clumber Spaniel’s new or temporary caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.
2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Clumber Spaniels are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Realize that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Clumber Spaniel. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Clumber Spaniel) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Clumber Spaniel owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, Clumber Spaniels are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?
Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Most pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Clumber Spaniel’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.
Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Clumber 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 Clumber Spaniel’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Clumber Spaniels
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