Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Newfoundland

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Newfoundland, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Newfoundland

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

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy usually proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet id tag for your Newfoundland:
1.What is the level of risk to your Newfoundland?
Lost Newfoundlands are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased Newfoundlands lying along the side of the road. If your Newfoundland is a pro at jumping the fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Newfoundland is high.

But losing your Newfoundland isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Newfoundlands get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Newfoundland, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high 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 unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Newfoundland’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

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

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Newfoundland. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Newfoundland) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Newfoundland owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many, Newfoundlands are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Newfoundland’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 gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Newfoundland 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 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 used in any computer, where it is easily 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 limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Newfoundlands

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