How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for The Karakachan Dog

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Karakachan Dog, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for The Karakachan Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Karakachan DogChoosing a pet ID tag for your Karakachan Dog is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually ends up being unwise, long-term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Karakachan Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Karakachan Dog?
Lost Karakachan Dogs are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Karakachan Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or dead Karakachan Dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Karakachan Dog is a master at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help chasing a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Karakachan Dog is high.

But losing your Karakachan Dog isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Karakachan Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Karakachan 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 Karakachan Dog, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your Karakachan Dog.

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

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Karakachan Dogs are simply 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.

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

However for most Karakachan Dog owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Karakachan Dog sets its value. For many people, Karakachan Dogs are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your answers to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Karakachan Dog’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 customary types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Karakachan Dog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entries in the pet ID market 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 tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily 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 severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Karakachan Dogs

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