Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Vizsla

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Vizsla | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Vizsla

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your VizslaChoosing a pet ID tag for your Vizsla is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to use 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 type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty often ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Vizsla:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Vizsla?
Missing Vizslas are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Vizsla!” signs tacked around town, or deceased Vizslas lying on the edge of the road. If your Vizsla is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a missing Vizsla is high.

But losing your Vizsla isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Vizslas get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Vizsla, particularly 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 hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your Vizsla.

In this instance, will your Vizsla’s new or temporary caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or needs 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 helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Vizslas are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Vizsla. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Vizsla) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Vizsla owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many people, Vizslas are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Vizsla these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Vizsla’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic 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 are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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