How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Berner Laufhund

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Animal Care, Berner Laufhund, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Berner Laufhund

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

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be a regret, down the road.

Consider the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Berner Laufhund:
1.What is the level of risk to your Berner Laufhund?
Missing Berner Laufhunds are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased Berner Laufhunds lying by the side of the road. If your Berner Laufhund is a master at jumping your fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Berner Laufhund is high.

But losing your Berner Laufhund isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Berner Laufhunds get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover hoping to get 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 Berner Laufhund if something were to happen to you, its owner?

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

In this instance, will your Berner Laufhund’s new or temporary caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Berner Laufhunds are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

But for most Berner Laufhund owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many, Berner Laufhunds are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

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

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Berner Laufhund’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny 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 animal doctor 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 Berner Laufhunds

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