Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Tervuren

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tervuren | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Tervuren

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your TervurenBuying a pet ID tag for your Tervuren is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be unwise, down the road.

Consider this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Tervuren:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Tervuren?
Lost Tervurens are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Tervuren!” signs setup around the city, or dead Tervurens lying along the side of the road. If your Tervuren is a master at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and spry, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a missing Tervuren is high.

But losing your Tervuren isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Tervurens are stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover 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 Tervuren if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Tervuren, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Tervuren, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your Tervuren.

In this case, will your Tervuren’s new or temporary steward know that Spot 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 very helpful.

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

Realize that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Tervuren. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Tervuren) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Tervuren owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Tervuren sets its value. For many, Tervurens are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain 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 bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Tervuren’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. 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 cheap yet the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Tervuren’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer 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 Tervurens

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