Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Cumberland Sheepdog

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Cumberland Sheepdog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Cumberland Sheepdog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Cumberland SheepdogChoosing a pet identification tag for your Cumberland Sheepdog is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty usually proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Consider this before picking any pet identification tag for your Cumberland Sheepdog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Cumberland Sheepdog?
Lost Cumberland Sheepdogs are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Cumberland Sheepdog!” signs posted around town, or deceased Cumberland Sheepdogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Cumberland Sheepdog is a master at hopping the fence, or can’t resist chasing a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a missing Cumberland Sheepdog is high.

But losing your Cumberland Sheepdog isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Cumberland Sheepdogs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Cumberland Sheepdog if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Cumberland Sheepdog, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high 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 disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Cumberland Sheepdog’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Cumberland Sheepdogs are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there are multiple ways to determine the value of your Cumberland Sheepdog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Cumberland Sheepdog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Cumberland Sheepdog owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Cumberland Sheepdogs are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, also. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Cumberland Sheepdog’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 customary kinds of tags can gotten 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, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Cumberland Sheepdog these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Cumberland Sheepdog’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in 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 low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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