Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Catalan Sheepdog

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Catalan Sheepdog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Catalan Sheepdog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Catalan SheepdogBuying a pet ID tag for your Catalan Sheepdog is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or trendy often proves to be unwise, in the long term.

Consider the following before buying any pet id tag for your Catalan Sheepdog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Catalan Sheepdog?
Lost Catalan Sheepdogs are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Catalan Sheepdog!” signs posted around town, or dead Catalan Sheepdogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Catalan Sheepdog is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot help following a smell, or young and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Catalan Sheepdog is high.

But losing your Catalan Sheepdog isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Catalan Sheepdogs get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Catalan Sheepdog if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Catalan Sheepdog, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Catalan Sheepdog, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Catalan Sheepdog.

In this instance, will your Catalan Sheepdog’s new or temporary caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Catalan Sheepdogs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Catalan Sheepdog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Catalan Sheepdog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Catalan Sheepdog owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Catalan Sheepdog sets its value. For many, Catalan Sheepdogs are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Catalan 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 customary types of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Catalan Sheepdog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small 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 vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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