Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Spinone Italiano

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

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Spinone ItalianoChoosing a pet identification tag for your Spinone Italiano is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be a regret, down the road.

Think about this before buying any pet identification tag for your Spinone Italiano:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Spinone Italiano?
Missing Spinone Italianos are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Spinone Italiano!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Spinone Italianos lying on the side of the road. If your Spinone Italiano is a master at hopping the fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or young and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a missing Spinone Italiano is high.

But losing your Spinone Italiano isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Spinone Italianos get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Fido 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 cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Spinone Italiano if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Spinone Italiano, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Spinone Italiano, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Spinone Italiano.

In this instance, will your Spinone Italiano’s new or temporary caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Spinone Italianos are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Spinone Italiano. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Spinone Italiano) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Spinone Italiano owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Spinone Italianos are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Spinone Italiano’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 veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Spinone Italiano these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Spinone Italiano’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Spinone Italianos

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