Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Jagdterrier

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Jagdterrier, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Jagdterrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your JagdterrierPicking a pet ID tag for your Jagdterrier is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying 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 picking a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy usually ends up being unwise, down the road.

Consider this prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Jagdterrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Jagdterrier?
Missing Jagdterriers are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Jagdterrier is a master at escaping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or young and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Jagdterrier is high.

But losing your Jagdterrier isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Jagdterriers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting 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 cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Jagdterrier if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Jagdterrier, particularly 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 Jagdterrier, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Jagdterrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Jagdterriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Jagdterrier owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Jagdterrier sets its value. For many people, Jagdterriers are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Jagdterrier’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 customary types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

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 diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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