How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Bearded Collie

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Animal Care, Bearded Collie, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Bearded Collie

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Bearded CollieBuying a pet ID tag for your Bearded Collie is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need 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 vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being a regret, down the road.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Bearded Collie:
1.What is the level of risk to your Bearded Collie?
Lost Bearded Collies are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Bearded Collie!” signs setup around the city, or deceased Bearded Collies lying on the side of the road. If your Bearded Collie is a master at jumping the fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or young and spry, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Bearded Collie is high.

But losing your Bearded Collie isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Bearded Collies are stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Bearded Collie if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Bearded Collie, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high 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 leaves you incapable of caring for your Bearded Collie.

In this case, will your Bearded Collie’s temporary or new caregiver 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 extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Bearded Collies are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Bearded Collie. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Bearded Collie) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Bearded Collie owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Bearded Collies are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

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

Luckily, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Bearded Collie these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’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 also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Bearded Collies

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