Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Spanish Mastiff

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Spanish Mastiff | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for The Spanish Mastiff

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Spanish MastiffBuying a pet ID tag for your Spanish Mastiff is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute often proves to be foolish, down the road.

Think about this prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Spanish Mastiff:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Spanish Mastiff?
Missing Spanish Mastiffs are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Spanish Mastiff!” signs plastered around town, or deceased Spanish Mastiffs lying by the edge of the road. If your Spanish Mastiff is a master at escaping the fence, or cannot help chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a missing Spanish Mastiff is high.

But losing your Spanish Mastiff isn’t the only concern.

Some Spanish Mastiffs get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot 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 for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Spanish Mastiff if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Spanish Mastiff, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Spanish Mastiff’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Spanish Mastiffs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Spanish Mastiff. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Spanish Mastiff) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Spanish Mastiff owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many owners, Spanish Mastiffs are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, too. Many pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Spanish Mastiff’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Spanish Mastiff these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Spanish Mastiffs

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