Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Russian Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Russian Spaniel | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Russian Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Russian SpanielPicking a pet ID tag for your Russian Spaniel is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the hopes that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute usually proves to be unwise, down the road.

Consider this prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Russian Spaniel:
1.What is the level of risk to your Russian Spaniel?
Missing Russian Spaniels are very common – we have all seen “Lost Russian Spaniel!” signs plastered around the city, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Russian Spaniel is a pro at breaking through the fence, or cannot resist following a smell, or youthful and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a missing Russian Spaniel is high.

But losing your Russian Spaniel isn’t the only concern.

Some Russian Spaniels get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Russian Spaniel if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Russian Spaniel, 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 Russian Spaniel, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your Russian Spaniel.

In this instance, will your Russian Spaniel’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Russian Spaniels are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

However for most Russian Spaniel owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Russian Spaniel sets its value. For many, Russian Spaniels are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in 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, too. Many pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Russian Spaniel’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options in pet ID tags for your Russian Spaniel these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entries in the pet ID 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 comprehensive 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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