Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Pyrenean Mastiff

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Pyrenean Mastiff | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Pyrenean Mastiff

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Pyrenean MastiffBuying a pet ID tag for your Pyrenean Mastiff is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute usually proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Pyrenean Mastiff:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Pyrenean Mastiff?
Lost Pyrenean Mastiffs are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Pyrenean Mastiff!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Pyrenean Mastiff is a pro at escaping the fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or young and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Pyrenean Mastiff is high.

But losing your Pyrenean Mastiff isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Pyrenean Mastiffs are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot 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 danger to your Pyrenean Mastiff if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Pyrenean Mastiff, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor 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 struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your Pyrenean Mastiff.

In this instance, will your Pyrenean Mastiff’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Pyrenean Mastiffs are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Pyrenean Mastiff. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Pyrenean Mastiff) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Pyrenean Mastiff owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Pyrenean Mastiff sets its value. For many people, Pyrenean Mastiffs are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Pyrenean Mastiff’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Pyrenean Mastiff these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Pyrenean Mastiff’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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