Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your French Brittany

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, French Brittany, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your French Brittany

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your French BrittanyBuying a pet ID tag for your French Brittany is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute often ends up being unwise, down the road.

Consider this prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your French Brittany:
1.What is the level of risk to your French Brittany?
Lost French Brittanys are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead French Brittanys lying on the edge of the road. If your French Brittany is a master at escaping the fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or young and full of energy, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost French Brittany is high.

But losing your French Brittany isn’t the only danger.

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

And what is the risk to your French Brittany if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a French Brittany, particularly 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 French Brittany, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your French Brittany’s temporary or new steward know that Spot 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 extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some French Brittanys are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your French Brittany. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred French Brittany) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

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

3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the French Brittany’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet ID tags for your French Brittany these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newer entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically 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 severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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