Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your East Siberian Laika

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your East Siberian LaikaBuying a pet ID tag for your East Siberian Laika is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy usually proves to be unwise, down the road.

Think about the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your East Siberian Laika:
1.What is the amount of risk to your East Siberian Laika?
Missing East Siberian Laikas are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost East Siberian Laika!” signs plastered around the city, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your East Siberian Laika is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the risk of a missing East Siberian Laika is high.

But losing your East Siberian Laika isn’t the only possibility.

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

And what is the risk to your East Siberian Laika if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a East Siberian Laika, especially 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, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your East Siberian Laika.

In this instance, will your East Siberian Laika’s temporary or new caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some East Siberian Laikas 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 proportionate to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to determine the value of your East Siberian Laika. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred East Siberian Laika) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most East Siberian Laika owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their East Siberian Laika sets its value. For many owners, East Siberian Laikas are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the East Siberian Laika’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light 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 cheap however the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your East Siberian Laika these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entries in the pet ID 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 small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet 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 East Siberian Laikas

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