Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Caucasian Shepherd Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Caucasian Shepherd DogPicking a pet ID tag for your Caucasian Shepherd Dog is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Caucasian Shepherd Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Caucasian Shepherd Dog?
Missing Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Caucasian Shepherd Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or dead Caucasian Shepherd Dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a master at hopping the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a lost Caucasian Shepherd Dog is high.

But losing your Caucasian Shepherd Dog isn’t the only possibility.

Some Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Caucasian Shepherd Dog if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Caucasian Shepherd Dog, especially 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 Caucasian Shepherd Dog, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Caucasian Shepherd Dog’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Caucasian Shepherd Dog. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Caucasian Shepherd Dog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Caucasian Shepherd Dog owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Caucasian Shepherd Dog determines its value. For many people, Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Caucasian Shepherd Dog’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Caucasian Shepherd Dog 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 identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Caucasian Shepherd Dog’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small 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, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Caucasian Shepherd Dogs

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