Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Japanese Spitz

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Japanese Spitz, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Japanese Spitz

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Japanese SpitzBuying a pet ID tag for your Japanese Spitz is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the hopes that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Japanese Spitz:
1.What is the level of risk to your Japanese Spitz?
Missing Japanese Spitzs are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or deceased Japanese Spitzs lying along the side of the road. If your Japanese Spitz is a master at jumping the fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a missing Japanese Spitz is high.

But losing your Japanese Spitz isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Japanese Spitzs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Japanese Spitz if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Japanese Spitz, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Japanese Spitz, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Japanese Spitz’s temporary or new steward 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 extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Japanese Spitzs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are several ways to assess the value of your Japanese Spitz. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Japanese Spitz) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Japanese Spitz owners, the emotional attachment they have to their Japanese Spitz determines its value. For many people, Japanese Spitzs are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, too. Usually pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

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

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

One of the newest entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Japanese Spitz’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Japanese Spitzs

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