Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Austrian Pinscher

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Animal Care, Austrian Pinscher, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Austrian Pinscher

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Austrian PinscherPicking a pet ID tag for your Austrian Pinscher is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy usually proves to be a regret, long-term.

Think about the following prior to buying any pet id tag for your Austrian Pinscher:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Austrian Pinscher?
Lost Austrian Pinschers are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or dead Austrian Pinschers lying along the side of the road. If your Austrian Pinscher is a pro at escaping the fence, or cannot resist chasing a smell, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a missing Austrian Pinscher is high.

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

Some Austrian Pinschers are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting 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 religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Austrian Pinscher if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Austrian Pinscher, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Austrian Pinscher, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Austrian Pinscher’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Austrian Pinschers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Austrian Pinscher. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Austrian Pinscher) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Austrian Pinscher owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many owners, Austrian Pinschers are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet identification tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, also. Most pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Austrian Pinscher’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 traditional types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Austrian Pinscher these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Austrian Pinscher’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny 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 vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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