Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Canaan Dog

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Canaan Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Canaan Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Canaan DogBuying a pet ID tag for your Canaan Dog is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Canaan Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Canaan Dog?
Missing Canaan Dogs are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Canaan Dog!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Canaan Dog is a master at tunneling under the fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a lost Canaan Dog is high.

But losing your Canaan Dog isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Canaan Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Canaan Dog, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Canaan Dog’s temporary or new steward know that Spot hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Canaan Dogs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Canaan Dog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Canaan Dog) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Canaan Dog owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Canaan Dogs are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Canaan Dog’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Canaan Dog these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Canaan Dog’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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