Picking a pet identification tag for your Croatian Sheepdog is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real 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 just because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being a regret, long-term.
Consider the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Croatian Sheepdog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Croatian Sheepdog?
Lost Croatian Sheepdogs are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Croatian Sheepdogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Croatian Sheepdog is a master at escaping the fence, or can’t resist tracking a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a missing Croatian Sheepdog is high.
But losing your Croatian Sheepdog isn’t the only concern.
Some Croatian Sheepdogs get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover in hopes of getting 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 satanic rituals.
And what is the danger to your Croatian Sheepdog if something were to happen to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Croatian 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 Croatian Sheepdog, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Croatian Sheepdog.
In this case, will your Croatian Sheepdog’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.
2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Croatian Sheepdogs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Croatian Sheepdog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Croatian Sheepdog) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
However for most Croatian Sheepdog owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Croatian Sheepdog sets its value. For many owners, Croatian Sheepdogs are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3.Using your answers to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?
Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Many pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Croatian 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 traditional types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.
Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Croatian Sheepdog 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 ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Croatian Sheepdogs
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