Choosing a pet ID tag for your Tweed Water Spaniel is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.
The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually ends up being foolish, long-term.
Consider this prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Tweed Water Spaniel:
1.What is the level of risk to your Tweed Water Spaniel?
Missing Tweed Water Spaniels are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or deceased Tweed Water Spaniels lying along the side of the road. If your Tweed Water Spaniel is a pro at breaking through the fence, or cannot resist following a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a lost Tweed Water Spaniel is high.
But losing your Tweed Water Spaniel isn’t the only possibility.
Sometimes Tweed Water Spaniels are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.
And what is the risk to your Tweed Water Spaniel if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Tweed Water Spaniel, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your Tweed Water Spaniel.
In this instance, will your Tweed Water Spaniel’s new or temporary steward know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.
2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Tweed Water 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.
Keep in mind that there are many ways to determine the value of your Tweed Water Spaniel. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Tweed Water Spaniel) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Tweed Water Spaniel owners, the emotional attachment they have to their Tweed Water Spaniel sets its value. For many, Tweed Water Spaniels are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?
Pet identification tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, also. Most pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.
At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Tweed Water Spaniel’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Tweed Water Spaniel these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.
One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Tweed Water Spaniel’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small 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, due to bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Tweed Water Spaniels
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