On the streets of cities for some time now people began to notice stray dogs with tags in their ears. Many consider animals to be victims of vandals, while others are simply perplexed why dogs need such a “decoration”. We will deal with this issue.
Why do dogs attach tags to their ears?
Labels on the ears of stray dogs are an identification mark indicating that this individual has been sterilized, vaccinated against rabies, treated against parasites and released back into the habitat.
Previously, stray dogs were simply shot, thus regulating the number of stray dogs and reducing the incidence of infectious diseases among them. The method is cruel from any point of view, but apparently, no alternative has been seen.
In the USA, the capture of dogs and their subsequent sterilization has existed for several decades. In Turkey, this experience was adopted 10 years ago. In our country, this practice is not more than 5 years.
Shooting of stray animals is now prohibited. They are supposed to be trapped, sterilized (more precisely, neutered, that is, completely deprived not only of the opportunity to have offspring, but also manifestations of sexual hunting), vaccinated and released back into the habitat. This is a humane way of dealing with the uncontrolled reproduction of “strollers” who, after the above procedures, simply live their lives (short or long, more or less happy - whoever has it), without leaving unhappy offspring.
But so that the same individual does not have to be caught twice, dogs are marked - they insert a tag in their ear, which contains the identification number of a particular dog, entered into the municipal database. This number ideally tracks the fate of the animals.
Each clip has an individual number
All these activities should be carried out by city services. But in reality, often volunteers do this, usually with their own money.
In our city, this is mainly done by volunteers, I am subscribed to their group on social networks. There is also a kind of private shelter, the head of which has a tender from the city for this type of activity. I know that at first she still kept these dogs in her home, but now she is letting them out 10 days after the castration operation, as the shelter is simply full. And the city, frankly speaking, releases money in a minimal amount, they only have enough directly for surgery, and dogs are vaccinated and treated for proceeds from charitable contributions, which, unfortunately, are also disastrously small.
How to insert tags in dogs ears
Many people think that the tag causes the dog discomfort or pain. In fact, this is not so (no more painful than women wearing earrings). The procedure itself occurs simultaneously with sterilization while the animal is still under anesthesia.
The only possible consequence is suppuration of the skin at the puncture site if an infection gets there. But since after sterilization the dog is still treated with sutures, at the same time the puncture in the ear is also treated, so that by the time the clip is released onto the street, it no longer bothers it.
What do different color clips mean?
The most common color for a tag in a stray dog’s ear is yellow. But there are individuals with red and green clips. In fact, there is no difference between them. It’s just that the city’s veterinary service purchased tags of a certain color, so dogs walk around the city with the same clips. But among them there may be signs of a different color if the dog was sterilized in another clinic (for example, volunteers).
The tag in the dog’s ear can be of any color, it doesn’t matter
But regardless of the color of the tag, you can be sure: this dog is relatively healthy, sterile and non-aggressive, therefore it poses no danger to humans.
Video: What does a tag in a dog’s ear mean?
Now there is a practice of trapping and sterilizing stray animals by city services with their subsequent return to the street. In order not to catch such a dog twice, and people were sure that there was no danger from it, animals were marked with special tags in their ears. The clip contains the number of the dog entered in the general database.