Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Toy Bulldog

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Toy Bulldog | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Toy Bulldog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Toy BulldogChoosing a pet ID tag for your Toy Bulldog is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty usually ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about this before choosing any pet id tag for your Toy Bulldog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Toy Bulldog?
Missing Toy Bulldogs are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Toy Bulldog!” signs plastered around the city, or dead dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Toy Bulldog is a master at tunneling under the fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Toy Bulldog is high.

But losing your Toy Bulldog isn’t the only danger.

Some Toy Bulldogs are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Toy Bulldog if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Toy Bulldog, especially 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 Toy Bulldog, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Toy Bulldog’s temporary or new steward know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Toy Bulldogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Toy Bulldog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Toy Bulldog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Toy Bulldog owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Toy Bulldog sets its value. For many people, Toy Bulldogs are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, too. Most pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Toy Bulldog’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Toy Bulldog these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer 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 also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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