Picking a pet ID tag for your German Rough-Haired Pointer is like purchasing insurance – 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 price” of buying the pet tag itself.
The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being foolish, down the road.
Think about the following prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your German Rough-Haired Pointer:
1.What is the amount of risk to your German Rough-Haired Pointer?
Missing German Rough-Haired Pointers are very common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead German Rough-Haired Pointers lying by the edge of the road. If your German Rough-Haired Pointer is a pro at jumping the fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and vigorous, or is not well trained, the risk of a lost German Rough-Haired Pointer is high.
But losing your German Rough-Haired Pointer isn’t the only danger.
Sometimes German Rough-Haired Pointers are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.
And what is the danger to your German Rough-Haired Pointer if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a German Rough-Haired Pointer, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high 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 disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your German Rough-Haired Pointer.
In this instance, will your German Rough-Haired Pointer’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.
2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some German Rough-Haired Pointers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.
Keep in mind that there are several ways to assess the value of your German Rough-Haired Pointer. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred German Rough-Haired Pointer) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
However for most German Rough-Haired Pointer owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many owners, German Rough-Haired Pointers are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?
Pet ID tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Many pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the German Rough-Haired Pointer’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your German Rough-Haired Pointer these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.
One of the newer entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your German Rough-Haired Pointer’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about German Rough-Haired Pointers
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