How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Miniature Shar Pei

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Miniature Shar Pei, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Miniature Shar Pei

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Miniature Shar PeiBuying a pet identification tag for your Miniature Shar Pei is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or cute often proves to be foolish, long-term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Miniature Shar Pei:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Miniature Shar Pei?
Missing Miniature Shar Peis are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Miniature Shar Pei!” signs tacked around the city, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Miniature Shar Pei is a master at breaking through your fence, or can’t resist tracking a smell, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a missing Miniature Shar Pei is high.

But losing your Miniature Shar Pei isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Miniature Shar Peis are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Miniature Shar Pei if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Miniature Shar Pei, particularly 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 Miniature Shar Pei, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your Miniature Shar Pei.

In this case, will your Miniature Shar Pei’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Miniature Shar Peis are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there are several ways to assess the value of your Miniature Shar Pei. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Miniature Shar Pei) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Miniature Shar Pei owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, Miniature Shar Peis are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet ID tags for your Miniature Shar Pei these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Miniature Shar Pei’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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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