How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Himalayan Sheepdog

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Himalayan Sheepdog, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Himalayan Sheepdog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Himalayan SheepdogBuying a pet ID tag for your Himalayan Sheepdog 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 expensive than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID 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 inexpensive or pretty usually ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Himalayan Sheepdog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Himalayan Sheepdog?
Missing Himalayan Sheepdogs are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Himalayan Sheepdog!” signs setup around town, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Himalayan Sheepdog is a pro at breaking through the fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Himalayan Sheepdog is high.

But losing your Himalayan Sheepdog isn’t the only danger.

Some Himalayan Sheepdogs are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Fido hoping to get 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 cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Himalayan Sheepdog if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Himalayan Sheepdog, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your Himalayan Sheepdog.

In this instance, will your Himalayan Sheepdog’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi 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 very helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Himalayan Sheepdogs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are several ways to determine the value of your Himalayan Sheepdog. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Himalayan Sheepdog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Himalayan Sheepdog owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Himalayan Sheepdog sets its value. For many, Himalayan Sheepdogs are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

Pet identification tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet identification tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Himalayan Sheepdog’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 traditional types of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Himalayan Sheepdog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id 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 cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny 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 vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Himalayan Sheepdogs

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