Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Greater Swiss Mountain DogBuying a pet identification tag for your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

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

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
Lost Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around the city, or dead Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a pro at escaping your fence, or can’t resist tracking a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is high.

But losing your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog isn’t the only risk.

Some Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor 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 struck by disaster or tragedy that leaves you unable to care for your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

In this instance, will your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog’s new or temporary caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there are many ways to assess the value of your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Greater Swiss Mountain Dog) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Greater Swiss Mountain Dog owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog sets its value. For many, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Many pet ID 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 Greater Swiss Mountain Dog’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily 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 small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs

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