Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Alpine Dachsbracke

Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Alpine Dachsbracke, Animal Care, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Alpine Dachsbracke

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Alpine DachsbrackePicking a pet ID tag for your Alpine Dachsbracke is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Consider this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Alpine Dachsbracke:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Alpine Dachsbracke?
Missing Alpine Dachsbrackes are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Alpine Dachsbracke!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Alpine Dachsbracke is a pro at escaping your fence, or cannot resist following a smell, or youthful and spry, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a lost Alpine Dachsbracke is high.

But losing your Alpine Dachsbracke isn’t the only danger.

Some Alpine Dachsbrackes get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Alpine Dachsbracke if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Alpine Dachsbracke, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your Alpine Dachsbracke.

In this case, will your Alpine Dachsbracke’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

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

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

However for most Alpine Dachsbracke owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Alpine Dachsbrackes are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, too. Usually pet identification tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Alpine Dachsbracke’s owner in a durable, legible 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 bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Alpine Dachsbracke these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Alpine Dachsbracke’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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