How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Old Danish Pointer

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Old Danish Pointer, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Old Danish Pointer

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Old Danish PointerBuying a pet identification tag for your Old Danish Pointer is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be unwise, down the road.

Consider this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Old Danish Pointer:
1.What is the level of risk to your Old Danish Pointer?
Missing Old Danish Pointers are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or dead Old Danish Pointers lying on the edge of the road. If your Old Danish Pointer is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or can’t help tracking a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Old Danish Pointer is high.

But losing your Old Danish Pointer isn’t the only risk.

Some Old Danish Pointers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Old Danish Pointer if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Old Danish Pointer, especially 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 furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Old Danish Pointer’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Old Danish Pointers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to assess the value of your Old Danish Pointer. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Old Danish Pointer) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Old Danish Pointer owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Old Danish Pointer sets its value. For many owners, Old Danish Pointers are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Old Danish Pointer’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Old Danish Pointer 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 off your Old Danish Pointer’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small 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 veterinarian 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 Old Danish Pointers

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