Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your German Spitz

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, German Spitz, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your German Spitz

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your German SpitzBuying a pet identification tag for your German Spitz is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty usually proves to be unwise, down the road.

Think about this before picking any pet id tag for your German Spitz:
1.What is the level of risk to your German Spitz?
Missing German Spitzs are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead dogs lying on the side of the road. If your German Spitz is a master at breaking through the fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or young and energetic, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a lost German Spitz is high.

But losing your German Spitz isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes German Spitzs are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido 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 satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a German Spitz, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your German Spitz, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your German Spitz.

In this case, will your German Spitz’s new or temporary caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires 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 extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some German Spitzs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most German Spitz owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, German Spitzs are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, also. Many pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the German Spitz’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 types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your German Spitz these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your German Spitz’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about German Spitzs

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