How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for The Lagotto Romagnolo

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Lagotto Romagnolo, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for The Lagotto Romagnolo

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

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually ends up being foolish, long-term.

Consider the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Lagotto Romagnolo:
1.What is the level of risk to your Lagotto Romagnolo?
Lost Lagotto Romagnolos are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Lagotto Romagnolo is a pro at jumping your fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Lagotto Romagnolo is high.

But losing your Lagotto Romagnolo isn’t the only danger.

Some Lagotto Romagnolos are stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Lagotto Romagnolo, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Lagotto Romagnolo, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Lagotto Romagnolo’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 has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Lagotto Romagnolos are just 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.

Realize that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Lagotto Romagnolo. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Lagotto Romagnolo) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Lagotto Romagnolo owners, the emotional attachment they have to their Lagotto Romagnolo determines its value. For many owners, Lagotto Romagnolos are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Lagotto Romagnolo’s owner in a legible, durable 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 gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Lagotto Romagnolo’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Lagotto Romagnolos

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