Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Miniature Pinscher

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Miniature Pinscher, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Miniature Pinscher

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Miniature PinscherBuying a pet identification tag for your Miniature Pinscher is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t need 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 ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute usually proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Consider this before picking any pet identification tag for your Miniature Pinscher:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Miniature Pinscher?
Lost Miniature Pinschers are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Miniature Pinscher!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Miniature Pinscher is a master at jumping the fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a missing Miniature Pinscher is high.

But losing your Miniature Pinscher isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Miniature Pinschers are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi hoping to get 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 religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Miniature Pinscher if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Miniature Pinscher, 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 furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your Miniature Pinscher.

In this case, will your Miniature Pinscher’s temporary or new steward know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Miniature Pinschers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Miniature Pinscher. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Miniature Pinscher) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Miniature Pinscher owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many people, Miniature Pinschers are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Miniature Pinscher’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Miniature Pinscher these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newer 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 medical and diet 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Miniature Pinschers

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