How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The English Springer Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, English Springer Spaniel, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The English Springer Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your English Springer SpanielBuying a pet ID tag for your English Springer Spaniel is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being foolish, down the road.

Consider the following before picking any pet identification tag for your English Springer Spaniel:
1.What is the level of risk to your English Springer Spaniel?
Missing English Springer Spaniels are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your English Springer Spaniel is a pro at breaking through your fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or young and vigorous, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a missing English Springer Spaniel is high.

But losing your English Springer Spaniel isn’t the only risk.

Some English Springer Spaniels get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi 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 as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your English Springer Spaniel if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a English Springer Spaniel, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your English Springer Spaniel, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your English Springer Spaniel.

In this case, will your English Springer Spaniel’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some English Springer Spaniels are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your English Springer Spaniel. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred English Springer Spaniel) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most English Springer Spaniel owners, the emotional attachment they have to their English Springer Spaniel sets its value. For many owners, English Springer Spaniels are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, also. Most pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the English Springer Spaniel’s owner in a durable, legible 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 gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your English Springer Spaniel these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your English Springer Spaniel’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet 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 small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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