Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Great Dane

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Great Dane, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Great Dane

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Great DanePicking a pet ID tag for your Great Dane is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to need 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 ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or trendy usually ends up being unwise, down the road.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Great Dane:
1.What is the level of risk to your Great Dane?
Lost Great Danes are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Great Dane!” signs setup around town, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Great Dane is a master at escaping the fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or youthful and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Great Dane is high.

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

Sometimes Great Danes are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Great Dane if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Great Dane, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Great Dane’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, 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 risk are you comfortable with?
Some Great Danes are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Great Dane. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Great Dane) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Great Dane owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Great Danes are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, also. Many pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Great Dane’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 veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet ID tags for your Great Dane these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Great Dane’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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