Picking a Pet ID Tag for The French Bulldog

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, French Bulldog, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The French Bulldog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your French BulldogPicking a pet identification tag for your French Bulldog is like buying insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual 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 choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute usually ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Think about this prior to picking any pet id tag for your French Bulldog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your French Bulldog?
Lost French Bulldogs are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or dead French Bulldogs lying on the edge of the road. If your French Bulldog is a master at breaking through your fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing French Bulldog is high.

But losing your French Bulldog isn’t the only risk.

Some French Bulldogs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a French Bulldog, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your French Bulldog.

In this case, will your French Bulldog’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some French Bulldogs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there are many ways to determine the value of your French Bulldog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred French Bulldog) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most French Bulldog owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many owners, French Bulldogs are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the French Bulldog’s owner in a legible, durable 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 bought from any veterinarian 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 for pet ID tags for your French Bulldog 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 ID 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 polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily 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, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about French Bulldogs

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