Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Kumaon Mastiff

Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Kumaon Mastiff, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Kumaon Mastiff

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Kumaon MastiffPicking a pet identification tag for your Kumaon Mastiff is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need 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 identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Kumaon Mastiff:
1.What is the level of risk to your Kumaon Mastiff?
Missing Kumaon Mastiffs are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or deceased Kumaon Mastiffs lying on the edge of the road. If your Kumaon Mastiff is a pro at jumping the fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Kumaon Mastiff is high.

But losing your Kumaon Mastiff isn’t the only risk.

Some Kumaon Mastiffs are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot 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 religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Kumaon Mastiff if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Kumaon Mastiff, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill 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 which leaves you incapable of caring for your Kumaon Mastiff.

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

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Kumaon Mastiffs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

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

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

Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Many pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Kumaon Mastiff’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Kumaon Mastiff 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 Kumaon Mastiff’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 polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian 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 Kumaon Mastiffs

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