Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Dogo Argentino

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogo Argentino, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Dogo Argentino

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Dogo ArgentinoChoosing a pet ID tag for your Dogo Argentino is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or pretty often ends up being a regret, long-term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Dogo Argentino:
1.What is the level of risk to your Dogo Argentino?
Lost Dogo Argentinos are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Dogo Argentino!” signs setup around town, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Dogo Argentino is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t help following a smell, or young and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Dogo Argentino is high.

But losing your Dogo Argentino isn’t the only concern.

Some Dogo Argentinos get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot hoping to get 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 risk to your Dogo Argentino if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Dogo Argentino, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your Dogo Argentino.

In this instance, will your Dogo Argentino’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Dogo Argentinos are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Dogo Argentino. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Dogo Argentino) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Dogo Argentino owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Dogo Argentino sets its value. For many, Dogo Argentinos are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, too. Usually pet identification tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

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

Fortunately, you have many more options in pet ID tags for your Dogo Argentino these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete 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 easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Dogo Argentinos

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