How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your German Spaniel

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, German Spaniel, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your German Spaniel

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your German SpanielPicking a pet identification tag for your German Spaniel is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to use it. The “possible price” 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 vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider the following before choosing any pet id tag for your German Spaniel:
1.What is the amount of risk to your German Spaniel?
Missing German Spaniels are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased German Spaniels lying on the side of the road. If your German Spaniel is a master at jumping your fence, or can’t help following a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a missing German Spaniel is high.

But losing your German Spaniel isn’t the only concern.

Some German Spaniels get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

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

In this case, will your German Spaniel’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 phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some German Spaniels are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced 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 German Spaniel. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred German Spaniel) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most German Spaniel owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, German Spaniels are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the German Spaniel’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newest entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into 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 trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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