Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Pyrenean Shepherd

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Pyrenean Shepherd | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Pyrenean Shepherd

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Pyrenean ShepherdChoosing a pet ID tag for your Pyrenean Shepherd is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be a regret, down the road.

Think about this prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Pyrenean Shepherd:
1.What is the level of risk to your Pyrenean Shepherd?
Lost Pyrenean Shepherds are certainly common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Pyrenean Shepherd is a pro at breaking through the fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a missing Pyrenean Shepherd is high.

But losing your Pyrenean Shepherd isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Pyrenean Shepherds are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Pyrenean Shepherd if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Pyrenean Shepherd, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Pyrenean Shepherd’s new or temporary caregiver know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Pyrenean Shepherds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

However for most Pyrenean Shepherd owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Pyrenean Shepherd sets its value. For many, Pyrenean Shepherds are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, also. Many pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Pyrenean Shepherd’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 kinds of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Pyrenean Shepherd these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Pyrenean Shepherd’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 are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Pyrenean Shepherds

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