Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Tornjak

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tornjak | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Tornjak

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your TornjakPicking a pet ID tag for your Tornjak is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Think about the following before choosing any pet identification tag for your Tornjak:
1.What is the level of risk to your Tornjak?
Missing Tornjaks are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Tornjak is a pro at jumping your fence, or cannot help following a smell, or young and spry, or is not correctly trained, the chance of a missing Tornjak is high.

But losing your Tornjak isn’t the only possibility.

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

And what is the danger to your Tornjak if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Tornjak, particularly 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 furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your Tornjak.

In this instance, will your Tornjak’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Tornjaks are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

But for most Tornjak owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Tornjak sets its value. For many owners, Tornjaks are family members, 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 identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, too. Many pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Tornjak’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 kinds of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Tornjak 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 market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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