Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Carolina Dog

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Carolina Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Carolina Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Carolina DogChoosing a pet identification tag for your Carolina Dog is like buying insurance – you do so with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly 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 just because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being a regret, down the road.

Think about this before choosing any pet identification tag for your Carolina Dog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Carolina Dog?
Lost Carolina Dogs are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Carolina Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Carolina Dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Carolina Dog is a pro at breaking through your fence, or cannot help following a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Carolina Dog is high.

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

Some Carolina Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Carolina Dog if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Carolina Dog, 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 little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your Carolina Dog.

In this case, will your Carolina Dog’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Carolina Dogs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

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

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

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Carolina Dog’s owner in a durable, legible 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 vet or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Carolina Dogs

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