How to Choose a Pet ID Tag for The Brittany

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Animal Care, Brittany, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How to Choose a Pet ID Tag for The Brittany

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your BrittanyBuying a pet ID tag for your Brittany is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Think about this before picking any pet id tag for your Brittany:
1.What is the level of risk to your Brittany?
Lost Brittanys are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Brittany!” signs posted around town, or deceased Brittanys lying by the edge of the road. If your Brittany is a pro at hopping the fence, or can’t resist tracking a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or is not well trained, the possibility of a lost Brittany is high.

But losing your Brittany isn’t the only possibility.

Some Brittanys are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (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 Brittany if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Brittany, 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, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Brittany’s temporary or new steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Brittanys are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there are several ways to assess the value of your Brittany. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Brittany) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Brittany owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Brittany sets its value. For many, Brittanys are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Brittany’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Brittany these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newest entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Brittany’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in 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 limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Brittanys

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