Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Old German Shepherd Dog

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Old German Shepherd Dog, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Old German Shepherd Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Old German Shepherd DogBuying a pet ID tag for your Old German Shepherd Dog is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you’ll never 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 purchasing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Think about this prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Old German Shepherd Dog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Old German Shepherd Dog?
Missing Old German Shepherd Dogs are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Old German Shepherd Dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Old German Shepherd Dog is a master at escaping the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Old German Shepherd Dog is high.

But losing your Old German Shepherd Dog isn’t the only risk.

Some Old German Shepherd Dogs get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Old German Shepherd Dog if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Old German Shepherd Dog, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Old German Shepherd Dog’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Old German Shepherd Dogs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

But for most Old German Shepherd Dog owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Old German Shepherd Dog sets its value. For many owners, Old German Shepherd Dogs are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Old German Shepherd Dog’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

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 cage) 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 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 low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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