Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Fila Brasileiro

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Fila Brasileiro, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Fila Brasileiro

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Fila BrasileiroPicking a pet ID tag for your Fila Brasileiro is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute usually proves to be foolish, down the road.

Consider the following prior to picking any pet id tag for your Fila Brasileiro:
1.What is the level of risk to your Fila Brasileiro?
Lost Fila Brasileiros are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Fila Brasileiro!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Fila Brasileiro is a master at jumping the fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a lost Fila Brasileiro is high.

But losing your Fila Brasileiro isn’t the only danger.

Some Fila Brasileiros get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting 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 risk to your Fila Brasileiro if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Fila Brasileiro, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Fila Brasileiro, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your Fila Brasileiro.

In this instance, will your Fila Brasileiro’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Fila Brasileiros are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

However for most Fila Brasileiro owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Fila Brasileiros are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, 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 logos or artwork, also. Many pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Fila Brasileiro’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 kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Fila Brasileiro these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small 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 are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Fila Brasileiros

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