Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Burgos Pointer

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 in Animal Care, Burgos Pointer, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Burgos Pointer

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Burgos PointerBuying a pet ID tag for your Burgos Pointer is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be unwise, down the road.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Burgos Pointer:
1.What is the level of risk to your Burgos Pointer?
Lost Burgos Pointers are very common – we have all come across “Lost Burgos Pointer!” signs setup around town, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Burgos Pointer is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or is not well trained, the chance of a lost Burgos Pointer is high.

But losing your Burgos Pointer isn’t the only danger.

Some Burgos Pointers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Burgos Pointer, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good 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 that renders you unable to care for your Burgos Pointer.

In this case, will your Burgos Pointer’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

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

Realize that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Burgos Pointer. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Burgos Pointer) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Burgos Pointer owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Burgos Pointer sets its value. For many, Burgos Pointers are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Burgos Pointer’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Burgos Pointer these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Burgos Pointer’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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