How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Entlebucher Mountain Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Entlebucher Mountain DogBuying a pet ID tag for your Entlebucher Mountain Dog is like buying insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Entlebucher Mountain Dog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Entlebucher Mountain Dog?
Missing Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are very common – we’ve all seen “Lost Entlebucher Mountain Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a master at escaping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a lost Entlebucher Mountain Dog is high.

But losing your Entlebucher Mountain Dog isn’t the only risk.

Some Entlebucher Mountain Dogs get stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Entlebucher Mountain Dog if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Entlebucher Mountain Dog, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Entlebucher Mountain Dog, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

In this instance, will your Entlebucher Mountain Dog’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Entlebucher Mountain Dog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Entlebucher Mountain Dog) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Entlebucher Mountain Dog owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Entlebucher Mountain Dog sets its value. For many, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Entlebucher Mountain Dog these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entries in the pet identification game 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 comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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