Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Great Pyrenees

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Great Pyrenees, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Great Pyrenees

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Great PyreneesChoosing a pet identification tag for your Great Pyrenees is like buying insurance – you do so with the hopes that you’ll never use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be unwise, down the road.

Think about the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Great Pyrenees:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Great Pyrenees?
Missing Great Pyreneess are very common – we have all come across “Lost Great Pyrenees!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Great Pyrenees is a pro at hopping the fence, or can’t help following a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Great Pyrenees is high.

But losing your Great Pyrenees isn’t the only danger.

Some Great Pyreneess are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Great Pyrenees, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Great Pyrenees, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your Great Pyrenees.

In this case, will your Great Pyrenees’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Great Pyreneess are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Great Pyrenees owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Great Pyrenees sets its value. For many, Great Pyreneess are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Most 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 Great Pyrenees’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical but 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 Great Pyrenees 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 game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Great Pyrenees’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny 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 devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Great Pyreneess

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