How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Westphalian Dachsbracke

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Westphalian Dachsbracke | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Westphalian Dachsbracke

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Westphalian DachsbrackeChoosing a pet identification tag for your Westphalian Dachsbracke is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive 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 low cost or cute often ends up being unwise, long-term.

Think about this before buying any pet id tag for your Westphalian Dachsbracke:
1.What is the level of risk to your Westphalian Dachsbracke?
Lost Westphalian Dachsbrackes are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Westphalian Dachsbracke is a pro at escaping the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Westphalian Dachsbracke is high.

But losing your Westphalian Dachsbracke isn’t the only risk.

Some Westphalian Dachsbrackes are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog 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 risk to your Westphalian Dachsbracke if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Westphalian Dachsbracke, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Westphalian Dachsbracke, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Westphalian Dachsbracke’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Westphalian Dachsbrackes are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Westphalian Dachsbracke. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Westphalian Dachsbracke) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Westphalian Dachsbracke owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Westphalian Dachsbracke determines its value. For many, Westphalian Dachsbrackes are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Most pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Westphalian Dachsbracke’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight 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 however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Westphalian Dachsbracke these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Westphalian Dachsbracke’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 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 easily 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, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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