Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Pembroke Welsh Corgi

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Pembroke Welsh CorgiPicking a pet ID tag for your Pembroke Welsh Corgi is like buying insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible cost” 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 crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Consider this before picking any pet id tag for your Pembroke Welsh Corgi:
1.What is the level of risk to your Pembroke Welsh Corgi?
Missing Pembroke Welsh Corgis are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Pembroke Welsh Corgi!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a pro at jumping the fence, or cannot help following a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the possibility of a lost Pembroke Welsh Corgi is high.

But losing your Pembroke Welsh Corgi isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Pembroke Welsh Corgis get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog 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 Pembroke Welsh Corgi if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Pembroke Welsh Corgi, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Pembroke Welsh Corgis are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Pembroke Welsh Corgi owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Pembroke Welsh Corgi sets its value. For many owners, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Pembroke Welsh Corgi these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny 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 devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Pembroke Welsh Corgis

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