Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Irish Red And White Setter

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Irish Red And White Setter, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Irish Red And White Setter

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Irish Red And White SetterPicking a pet ID tag for your Irish Red And White Setter is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following before purchasing any pet id tag for your Irish Red And White Setter:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Irish Red And White Setter?
Missing Irish Red And White Setters are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Irish Red And White Setter!” signs posted around the city, or deceased Irish Red And White Setters lying on the edge of the road. If your Irish Red And White Setter is a master at breaking through your fence, or can’t resist tracking a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Irish Red And White Setter is high.

But losing your Irish Red And White Setter isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Irish Red And White Setters get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot 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 for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Irish Red And White Setter if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Irish Red And White Setter, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Irish Red And White Setter, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your Irish Red And White Setter.

In this case, will your Irish Red And White Setter’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Irish Red And White Setters are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there are multiple ways to determine the value of your Irish Red And White Setter. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Irish Red And White Setter) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Irish Red And White Setter owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Irish Red And White Setter determines its value. For many, Irish Red And White Setters are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Irish Red And White Setter’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 customary types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Irish Red And White Setter these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 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 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 small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Irish Red And White Setters

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