How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Sapsali

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Sapsali | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet ID Tag for Your Sapsali

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your SapsaliBuying a pet ID tag for your Sapsali is like buying insurance – you do so with the hopes that you’ll never use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual cost” of purchasing 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. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty usually ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about this before buying any pet id tag for your Sapsali:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Sapsali?
Missing Sapsalis are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Sapsali is a pro at escaping the fence, or can’t help tracking a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Sapsali is high.

But losing your Sapsali isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Sapsalis get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Sapsali if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Sapsali, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Sapsali, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Sapsali.

In this case, will your Sapsali’s new or temporary caregiver 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 name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

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

Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Sapsali. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Sapsali) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Sapsali owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Sapsalis are family members, 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 varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

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

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Sapsali these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most 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 holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet 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 trackers, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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