Choosing a pet identification tag for your King Shepherd is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.
The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute often proves to be a regret, in the long term.
Consider this before choosing any pet identification tag for your King Shepherd:
1.What is the amount of risk to your King Shepherd?
Missing King Shepherds are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost King Shepherd!” signs tacked around the city, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your King Shepherd is a master at escaping the fence, or cannot resist chasing a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the risk of a missing King Shepherd is high.
But losing your King Shepherd isn’t the only danger.
Some King Shepherds get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.
And what is the danger to your King Shepherd if something were to happen to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a King Shepherd, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your companion.
In this instance, will your King Shepherd’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.
2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some King Shepherds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Note that there are several ways to assess the value of your King Shepherd. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred King Shepherd) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most King Shepherd owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their King Shepherd sets its value. For many, King Shepherds are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?
Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, also. Many pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the King Shepherd’s owner in a legible, durable 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 veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your King Shepherd these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.
One of the newest entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your King Shepherd’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about King Shepherds
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