How to Choose a Pet Identification Tag for The Neapolitan Mastiff

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pets | Comments Off on How to Choose a Pet Identification Tag for The Neapolitan Mastiff

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Neapolitan MastiffPicking a pet ID tag for your Neapolitan Mastiff is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the faith that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute usually ends up being a regret, down the road.

Think about this prior to picking any pet id tag for your Neapolitan Mastiff:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Neapolitan Mastiff?
Missing Neapolitan Mastiffs are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs setup around town, or dead Neapolitan Mastiffs lying on the edge of the road. If your Neapolitan Mastiff is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or cannot help chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a missing Neapolitan Mastiff is high.

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

Some Neapolitan Mastiffs get stolen. A pet thief may steal Spot or Rover 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 as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Neapolitan Mastiff, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Neapolitan Mastiff, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your Neapolitan Mastiff.

In this case, will your Neapolitan Mastiff’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Neapolitan Mastiffs are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

However for most Neapolitan Mastiff owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Neapolitan Mastiff determines its value. For many, Neapolitan Mastiffs are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Neapolitan Mastiff’s owner in a durable, legible 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 bought from any vet or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Neapolitan 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 pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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