Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Polish Tatra Sheepdog | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Polish Tatra Sheepdog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Polish Tatra SheepdogChoosing a pet identification tag for your Polish Tatra Sheepdog is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about this prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Polish Tatra Sheepdog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Polish Tatra Sheepdog?
Missing Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Polish Tatra Sheepdog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Polish Tatra Sheepdogs lying on the side of the road. If your Polish Tatra Sheepdog is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or young and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a missing Polish Tatra Sheepdog is high.

But losing your Polish Tatra Sheepdog isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Polish Tatra Sheepdogs get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (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 Polish Tatra Sheepdog if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Polish Tatra Sheepdog, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Polish Tatra Sheepdog’s new or temporary caregiver know that Spot 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 helpful.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Polish Tatra Sheepdog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Polish Tatra Sheepdog) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Polish Tatra Sheepdog owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Polish Tatra Sheepdog sets its value. For many owners, Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Polish Tatra Sheepdog’s owner in a durable, legible 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 animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Polish Tatra 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 market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Polish Tatra Sheepdog’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic 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, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Polish Tatra Sheepdogs

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