Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Kuvasz

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kuvasz, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Kuvasz

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

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute often ends up being foolish, long-term.

Think about the following before purchasing any pet id tag for your Kuvasz:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Kuvasz?
Missing Kuvaszs are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Kuvasz is a master at tunneling under your fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Kuvasz is high.

But losing your Kuvasz isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Kuvaszs are stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Kuvasz if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Kuvasz, 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 short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your Kuvasz.

In this case, will your Kuvasz’s temporary or new caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Kuvaszs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Kuvasz owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Kuvaszs are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, as well. Usually pet ID 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 Kuvasz’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. 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 economical yet 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 Kuvasz these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification 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 complete 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 automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Kuvaszs

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