How to Choose a Pet ID Tag for Your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon | Comments Off on How to Choose a Pet ID Tag for Your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Wirehaired Pointing GriffonChoosing a pet identification tag for your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual 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 think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy usually proves to be foolish, down the road.

Consider this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon:
1.What is the level of risk to your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon?
Lost Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a master at jumping the fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or young and spry, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a lost Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is high.

But losing your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, especially if you live by yourself 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 short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there are multiple ways to assess the value of your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Wirehaired Pointing Griffon) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Wirehaired Pointing Griffon owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Wirehaired Pointing Griffon determines its value. For many, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any veterinarian 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 ID tags for your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic 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.

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