How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Tibetan Mastiff

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tibetan Mastiff | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Tibetan Mastiff

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Tibetan MastiffPicking a pet identification tag for your Tibetan Mastiff is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Tibetan Mastiff:
1.What is the level of risk to your Tibetan Mastiff?
Missing Tibetan Mastiffs are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Tibetan Mastiff!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Tibetan Mastiff is a pro at jumping your fence, or can’t help chasing a smell, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a missing Tibetan Mastiff is high.

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

Some Tibetan Mastiffs are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Tibetan Mastiff if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Tibetan Mastiff, especially 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, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

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

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Tibetan Mastiffs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Note that there are many ways to determine the value of your Tibetan Mastiff. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Tibetan Mastiff) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

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

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

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Tibetan Mastiff’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can purchased 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 Tibetan Mastiff these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Tibetan Mastiff’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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