How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Formosan Mountain Dog

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Formosan Mountain Dog, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Formosan Mountain Dog

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Formosan Mountain DogPicking a pet ID tag for your Formosan Mountain Dog is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t 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 type of pet ID 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 inexpensive or trendy usually ends up being a regret, down the road.

Think about this before choosing any pet identification tag for your Formosan Mountain Dog:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Formosan Mountain Dog?
Lost Formosan Mountain Dogs are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Formosan Mountain Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased Formosan Mountain Dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Formosan Mountain Dog is a master at hopping your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a lost Formosan Mountain Dog is high.

But losing your Formosan Mountain Dog isn’t the only concern.

Some Formosan Mountain Dogs are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Formosan Mountain Dog, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Formosan Mountain Dog, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Formosan Mountain Dog’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Formosan Mountain Dogs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Formosan Mountain Dog owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Formosan Mountain Dogs are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Formosan Mountain Dog these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 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 small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Formosan Mountain Dogs

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