Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Weimaraner

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Weimaraner | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Weimaraner

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your WeimaranerBuying a pet identification tag for your Weimaraner is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or pretty often ends up being unwise, down the road.

Consider the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Weimaraner:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Weimaraner?
Missing Weimaraners are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead Weimaraners lying by the side of the road. If your Weimaraner is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or cannot resist following a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a lost Weimaraner is high.

But losing your Weimaraner isn’t the only risk.

Some Weimaraners are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Weimaraner, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will 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 companion.

In this instance, will your Weimaraner’s new or temporary caretaker 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 name and phone number would be very beneficial.

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

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

However for most Weimaraner owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, Weimaraners are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Weimaraner’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 customary kinds of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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