Picking a pet ID tag for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog is like buying insurance – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to 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 vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be a regret, down the road.
Consider the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog:
1.What is the level of risk to your Anatolian Shepherd Dog?
Missing Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are very common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t help following a scent, or youthful and spry, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Anatolian Shepherd Dog is high.
But losing your Anatolian Shepherd Dog isn’t the only danger.
Sometimes Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover 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 cult rituals.
And what is the risk to your Anatolian Shepherd Dog if something were to happen to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Anatolian Shepherd Dog, especially 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 Anatolian Shepherd Dog, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that leaves you unable to care for your companion.
In this instance, will your Anatolian Shepherd Dog’s temporary or new caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or needs 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 amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.
Realize that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Anatolian Shepherd Dog. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Anatolian Shepherd Dog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Anatolian Shepherd Dog owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Anatolian Shepherd Dog sets its value. For many owners, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.From your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?
Pet identification tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, too. Most pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.
Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id 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 Anatolian Shepherd Dog’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet 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 devices for tracking, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
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