Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Deutsche Bracke

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Deutsche Bracke, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Deutsche Bracke

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Deutsche BrackeBuying a pet ID tag for your Deutsche Bracke is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy usually proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Deutsche Bracke:
1.What is the level of risk to your Deutsche Bracke?
Missing Deutsche Brackes are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Deutsche Brackes lying by the side of the road. If your Deutsche Bracke is a master at tunneling under the fence, or can’t resist chasing a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Deutsche Bracke is high.

But losing your Deutsche Bracke isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Deutsche Brackes are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Deutsche Bracke if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Deutsche Bracke, 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 little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Deutsche Bracke’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Deutsche Brackes are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Deutsche Bracke. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Deutsche Bracke) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Deutsche Bracke owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Deutsche Brackes are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Many pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Deutsche Bracke’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Deutsche Bracke these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Deutsche Bracke’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer 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 are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Deutsche Brackes

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