Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Portuguese Pointer

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Portuguese Pointer | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Portuguese Pointer

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Portuguese PointerPicking a pet ID tag for your Portuguese Pointer is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual 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 choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute usually ends up being foolish, long-term.

Consider this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Portuguese Pointer:
1.What is the level of risk to your Portuguese Pointer?
Lost Portuguese Pointers are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Portuguese Pointers lying on the side of the road. If your Portuguese Pointer is a pro at jumping your fence, or cannot resist chasing a smell, or youthful and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Portuguese Pointer is high.

But losing your Portuguese Pointer isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Portuguese Pointers get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (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 Portuguese Pointer if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Portuguese Pointer, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your Portuguese Pointer.

In this instance, will your Portuguese Pointer’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Portuguese Pointers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Portuguese Pointer. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Portuguese Pointer) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Portuguese Pointer owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Portuguese Pointer determines its value. For many, Portuguese Pointers are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, also. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

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

Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Portuguese Pointer these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entries 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 complete diet and medical information). The small 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 veterinarian 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 Portuguese Pointers

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