How to Choose a Pet ID Tag for Your Molossus

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Molossus, Pets | Comments Off on How to Choose a Pet ID Tag for Your Molossus

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your MolossusBuying a pet identification tag for your Molossus is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty usually ends up being foolish, in the long term.

Consider the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Molossus:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Molossus?
Lost Molossuss are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased Molossuss lying on the side of the road. If your Molossus is a master at escaping your fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and full of energy, or is not well trained, the chance of a missing Molossus is high.

But losing your Molossus isn’t the only possibility.

Some Molossuss are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Molossus if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Molossus, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your Molossus.

In this case, will your Molossus’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

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

Keep in mind that there are many ways to determine the value of your Molossus. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Molossus) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Molossus owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Molossuss are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, also. Many pet ID tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Molossus’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Molossus’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic 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 small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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