How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Wirehaired Vizsla

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Wirehaired Vizsla | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Wirehaired Vizsla

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Wirehaired VizslaBuying a pet identification tag for your Wirehaired Vizsla is like buying an insurance policy – you do so 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 buying the pet tag itself.

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

Think about this before picking any pet identification tag for your Wirehaired Vizsla:
1.What is the level of risk to your Wirehaired Vizsla?
Missing Wirehaired Vizslas are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Wirehaired Vizsla!” signs setup around the city, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Wirehaired Vizsla is a pro at breaking through the fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a missing Wirehaired Vizsla is high.

But losing your Wirehaired Vizsla isn’t the only risk.

Some Wirehaired Vizslas are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido 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 for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Wirehaired Vizsla if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Wirehaired Vizsla, 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, maybe with short 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 Wirehaired Vizsla’s new or temporary steward know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Wirehaired Vizslas are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there are several ways to determine the value of your Wirehaired Vizsla. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Wirehaired Vizsla) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Wirehaired Vizsla owners, the emotional attachment they have to their Wirehaired Vizsla sets its value. For many, Wirehaired Vizslas are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Wirehaired Vizsla’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Wirehaired Vizsla these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in 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 devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Wirehaired Vizslas

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