Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Central Asian Shepherd Dog

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Central Asian Shepherd Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Central Asian Shepherd DogPicking a pet identification tag for your Central Asian Shepherd Dog is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute usually proves to be foolish, long-term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Central Asian Shepherd Dog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Central Asian Shepherd Dog?
Missing Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or deceased Central Asian Shepherd Dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Central Asian Shepherd Dog is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the possibility of a missing Central Asian Shepherd Dog is high.

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

Sometimes Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (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 Central Asian Shepherd Dog if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Central Asian Shepherd Dog, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Central Asian Shepherd Dog, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you unable to care for your Central Asian Shepherd Dog.

In this instance, will your Central Asian Shepherd Dog’s temporary or new caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Central Asian Shepherd Dog owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Central Asian Shepherd Dog sets its value. For many owners, Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, also. Most pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any vet 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 Central Asian Shepherd Dog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

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 can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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