Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Picardy Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Picardy Spaniel | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Picardy Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Picardy SpanielChoosing a pet identification tag for your Picardy Spaniel is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you won’t use 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 identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be foolish, long-term.

Consider the following prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Picardy Spaniel:
1.What is the level of risk to your Picardy Spaniel?
Lost Picardy Spaniels are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Picardy Spaniel!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Picardy Spaniel is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the risk of a missing Picardy Spaniel is high.

But losing your Picardy Spaniel isn’t the only danger.

Some Picardy Spaniels get stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover 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 for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Picardy Spaniel if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Picardy Spaniel, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your Picardy Spaniel.

In this instance, will your Picardy Spaniel’s temporary or new caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Picardy Spaniels are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Picardy Spaniel. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Picardy Spaniel) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Picardy Spaniel owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Picardy Spaniel determines its value. For many, Picardy Spaniels are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Picardy Spaniel these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Picardy Spaniel’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Picardy Spaniels

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