Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Komondor

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Komondor, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Komondor

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your KomondorPicking a pet ID tag for your Komondor 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 “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty often proves to be foolish, down the road.

Consider the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Komondor:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Komondor?
Missing Komondors are certainly common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Komondor is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or young and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the possibility of a lost Komondor is high.

But losing your Komondor isn’t the only concern.

Some Komondors are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Komondor, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Komondor, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

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

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

Note that there are several ways to determine the value of your Komondor. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Komondor) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Komondor owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Komondors are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?

Pet ID tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, too. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

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

Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Komondor these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Komondors

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