How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for The Norfolk Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Norfolk Spaniel, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for The Norfolk Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Norfolk SpanielBuying a pet identification tag for your Norfolk Spaniel is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be foolish, down the road.

Think about this prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Norfolk Spaniel:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Norfolk Spaniel?
Missing Norfolk Spaniels are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Norfolk Spaniel is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or young and energetic, or is not well trained, the chance of a missing Norfolk Spaniel is high.

But losing your Norfolk Spaniel isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Norfolk Spaniels are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Norfolk Spaniel if something were to happen to you, the owner?

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

In this case, will your Norfolk Spaniel’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Norfolk Spaniels are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Norfolk Spaniel. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Norfolk Spaniel) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Norfolk Spaniel owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Norfolk Spaniels are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

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

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Norfolk Spaniel’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 plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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