Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Airedale Terrier

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Airedale Terrier, Animal Care, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Airedale Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Airedale TerrierChoosing a pet ID tag for your Airedale Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute usually ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about the following before picking any pet identification tag for your Airedale Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Airedale Terrier?
Lost Airedale Terriers are very common – we have all seen “Lost Airedale Terrier!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Airedale Terrier is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or can’t help tracking a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Airedale Terrier is high.

But losing your Airedale Terrier isn’t the only danger.

Some Airedale Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Airedale Terrier if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Airedale Terrier, especially 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, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Airedale Terrier.

In this instance, will your Airedale Terrier’s temporary or new steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Airedale Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Airedale Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Airedale Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Airedale Terrier owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Airedale Terrier determines its value. For many people, Airedale Terriers are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of 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 designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Airedale Terrier’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newest entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Airedale Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Airedale Terriers

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