Buying a pet ID tag for your Lakeland Terrier is like buying insurance – you do so with the hopes that you’re never going to use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.
The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute often ends up being foolish, down the road.
Think about the following before picking any pet id tag for your Lakeland Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Lakeland Terrier?
Missing Lakeland Terriers are very common – we have all seen “Lost Lakeland Terrier!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Lakeland Terrier is a pro at hopping the fence, or can’t help following a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Lakeland Terrier is high.
But losing your Lakeland Terrier isn’t the only danger.
Some Lakeland Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi hoping to get 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 satanic rituals.
And what is the risk to your Lakeland Terrier if something were to happen to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Lakeland Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Lakeland Terrier, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your Lakeland Terrier.
In this instance, will your Lakeland Terrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.
2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Lakeland Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.
Realize that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Lakeland Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Lakeland Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Lakeland Terrier owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Lakeland Terrier determines its value. For many owners, Lakeland Terriers are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?
Pet ID tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, also. Usually pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.
At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Lakeland Terrier’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Lakeland Terrier 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 game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Lakeland Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist 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 Lakeland Terriers
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