How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for The Beauceron

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

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your BeauceronBuying a pet ID tag for your Beauceron is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty often proves to be a regret, long-term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Beauceron:
1.What is the level of risk to your Beauceron?
Missing Beaucerons are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Beauceron is a master at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Beauceron is high.

But losing your Beauceron isn’t the only possibility.

Some Beaucerons get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Beauceron, particularly if you live alone 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 short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Beauceron’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Beaucerons are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Beauceron. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Beauceron) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Beauceron owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Beauceron sets its value. For many owners, Beaucerons are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Beauceron’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Beauceron these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Beauceron’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 used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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