Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Affenpinscher

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Affenpinscher, Animal Care, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Affenpinscher

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your AffenpinscherPicking a pet identification tag for your Affenpinscher is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty usually proves to be foolish, down the road.

Think about the following prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Affenpinscher:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Affenpinscher?
Missing Affenpinschers are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or deceased Affenpinschers lying along the side of the road. If your Affenpinscher is a master at hopping the fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Affenpinscher is high.

But losing your Affenpinscher isn’t the only concern.

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

And what is the danger to your Affenpinscher if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Affenpinscher, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Affenpinscher, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Affenpinscher’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Affenpinschers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Affenpinscher owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many, Affenpinschers are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your answers to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

Pet identification tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, too. Many pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Affenpinscher’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entries in the pet identification 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 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Affenpinschers

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