How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Karelian Bear Dog

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Karelian Bear Dog, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Karelian Bear Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Karelian Bear DogBuying a pet identification tag for your Karelian Bear Dog is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” 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 think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Consider the following before picking any pet identification tag for your Karelian Bear Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Karelian Bear Dog?
Missing Karelian Bear Dogs are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Karelian Bear Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased Karelian Bear Dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Karelian Bear Dog is a master at breaking through the fence, or cannot help following a smell, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Karelian Bear Dog is high.

But losing your Karelian Bear Dog isn’t the only danger.

Some Karelian Bear Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit 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 risk to your Karelian Bear Dog if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Karelian Bear Dog, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Karelian Bear Dog’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Karelian Bear Dogs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Karelian Bear Dog. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Karelian Bear Dog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Karelian Bear Dog owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Karelian Bear Dog sets its value. For many people, Karelian Bear Dogs are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Most pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Karelian Bear Dog’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Karelian Bear Dog these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Karelian Bear 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 polymer 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, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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