Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Sarplaninac

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Sarplaninac | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Sarplaninac

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your SarplaninacPicking a pet ID tag for your Sarplaninac is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or cute often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Think about this before picking any pet identification tag for your Sarplaninac:
1.What is the level of risk to your Sarplaninac?
Missing Sarplaninacs are very common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Sarplaninac is a pro at hopping your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and spry, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a lost Sarplaninac is high.

But losing your Sarplaninac isn’t the only possibility.

Some Sarplaninacs are 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 at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Sarplaninac, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Sarplaninac’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or requires 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 danger are you ok with?
Some Sarplaninacs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Sarplaninac owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Sarplaninacs are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, as well. Most pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Sarplaninac’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet ID tags for your Sarplaninac these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entrants 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 can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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