Buying a Pet ID Tag for The German Longhaired Pointer

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, German Longhaired Pointer, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The German Longhaired Pointer

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your German Longhaired PointerPicking a pet identification tag for your German Longhaired Pointer is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty usually proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this before buying any pet id tag for your German Longhaired Pointer:
1.What is the level of risk to your German Longhaired Pointer?
Missing German Longhaired Pointers are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost German Longhaired Pointer!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your German Longhaired Pointer is a master at hopping your fence, or can’t resist following a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t properly trained, the possibility of a lost German Longhaired Pointer is high.

But losing your German Longhaired Pointer isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes German Longhaired Pointers get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido 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 satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your German Longhaired Pointer if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a German Longhaired Pointer, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your German Longhaired Pointer, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your German Longhaired Pointer.

In this case, will your German Longhaired Pointer’s new or temporary steward know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some German Longhaired Pointers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to assess the value of your German Longhaired Pointer. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred German Longhaired Pointer) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most German Longhaired Pointer owners, the emotional attachment they have with their German Longhaired Pointer sets its value. For many people, German Longhaired Pointers are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the German Longhaired Pointer’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 traditional types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic 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 trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about German Longhaired Pointers

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