Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your American Hairless Terrier

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in American Hairless Terrier, Animal Care, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your American Hairless Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your American Hairless TerrierChoosing a pet identification tag for your American Hairless Terrier is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet id tag for your American Hairless Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your American Hairless Terrier?
Missing American Hairless Terriers are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost American Hairless Terrier!” signs plastered around town, or dead dogs lying on the side of the road. If your American Hairless Terrier is a pro at jumping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a smell, or young and energetic, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a missing American Hairless Terrier is high.

But losing your American Hairless Terrier isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes American Hairless Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Fido 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 American Hairless Terrier if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a American Hairless Terrier, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your American Hairless Terrier.

In this case, will your American Hairless Terrier’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some American Hairless Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to assess the value of your American Hairless Terrier. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred American Hairless Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most American Hairless Terrier owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, American Hairless Terriers are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the American Hairless Terrier’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your American Hairless Terrier these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the newest entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off 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 readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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