Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Tibetan Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tibetan Spaniel | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Tibetan Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Tibetan SpanielChoosing a pet identification tag for your Tibetan Spaniel is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute often ends up being unwise, down the road.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Tibetan Spaniel:
1.What is the level of risk to your Tibetan Spaniel?
Lost Tibetan Spaniels are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Tibetan Spaniel!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased Tibetan Spaniels lying along the side of the road. If your Tibetan Spaniel is a pro at breaking through the fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Tibetan Spaniel is high.

But losing your Tibetan Spaniel isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Tibetan Spaniels get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Tibetan Spaniel, 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 Tibetan Spaniel, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your Tibetan Spaniel.

In this case, will your Tibetan Spaniel’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Tibetan Spaniels are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are multiple ways to determine the value of your Tibetan Spaniel. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Tibetan Spaniel) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

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

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

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

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

Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Tibetan Spaniel these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Tibetan Spaniel’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 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 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 small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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