Picking a pet ID tag for your Laekenois is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.
The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty usually proves to be unwise, long-term.
Consider the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Laekenois:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Laekenois?
Missing Laekenoiss are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Laekenois is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or is not well trained, the possibility of a lost Laekenois is high.
But losing your Laekenois isn’t the only danger.
Sometimes Laekenoiss 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 susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.
And what is the danger to your Laekenois if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Laekenois, 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 that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.
In this case, will your Laekenois’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or requires 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 helpful.
2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Laekenoiss are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.
Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Laekenois. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Laekenois) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Laekenois owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Laekenois determines its value. For many, Laekenoiss are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?
Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, too. Many pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.
At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Laekenois’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.
Fortunately, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Laekenois these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.
One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Laekenois’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Laekenoiss
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