Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your South Russian Ovcharka

Posted by on Apr 17, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, South Russian Ovcharka | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your South Russian Ovcharka

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

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute usually ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your South Russian Ovcharka:
1.What is the level of risk to your South Russian Ovcharka?
Lost South Russian Ovcharkas are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or dead South Russian Ovcharkas lying along the side of the road. If your South Russian Ovcharka is a pro at breaking through the fence, or can’t resist chasing a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the chance of a missing South Russian Ovcharka is high.

But losing your South Russian Ovcharka isn’t the only risk.

Some South Russian Ovcharkas are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog 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 South Russian Ovcharka if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a South Russian Ovcharka, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your South Russian Ovcharka, 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 case, will your South Russian Ovcharka’s temporary or new caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some South Russian Ovcharkas are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to calculate the value of your South Russian Ovcharka. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred South Russian Ovcharka) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most South Russian Ovcharka owners, the emotional attachment they have to their South Russian Ovcharka determines its value. For many, South Russian Ovcharkas are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your South Russian Ovcharka these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your South Russian Ovcharka’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about South Russian Ovcharkas

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