Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Pomeranian

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Pomeranian | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Pomeranian

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your PomeranianPicking a pet identification tag for your Pomeranian is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually proves to be foolish, long-term.

Consider the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Pomeranian:
1.What is the level of risk to your Pomeranian?
Lost Pomeranians are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Pomeranians lying on the side of the road. If your Pomeranian is a pro at jumping the fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Pomeranian is high.

But losing your Pomeranian isn’t the only possibility.

Some Pomeranians get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Pomeranian if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Pomeranian, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Pomeranian, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Pomeranian’s new or temporary steward know that Spot hates cats, or requires 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 amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Pomeranians are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Pomeranian owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Pomeranian sets its value. For many owners, Pomeranians are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your responses to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

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

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

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Pomeranian’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Pomeranians

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