Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your White Shepherd

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, White Shepherd | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your White Shepherd

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your White ShepherdPicking a pet ID tag for your White Shepherd is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Think about this before buying any pet id tag for your White Shepherd:
1.What is the level of risk to your White Shepherd?
Missing White Shepherds are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your White Shepherd is a master at jumping the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or young and spry, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a missing White Shepherd is high.

But losing your White Shepherd isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes White Shepherds get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot 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 satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your White Shepherd if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a White Shepherd, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill 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 hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your White Shepherd.

In this case, will your White Shepherd’s temporary or new steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some White Shepherds are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are several ways to determine the value of your White Shepherd. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred White Shepherd) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most White Shepherd owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their White Shepherd determines its value. For many people, White Shepherds 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 ID tag?

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

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

Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your White Shepherd these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 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 vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about White Shepherds

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