Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Boston Terrier

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Boston Terrier, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Boston Terrier

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

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy usually ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about the following prior to picking any pet id tag for your Boston Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Boston Terrier?
Lost Boston Terriers are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or dead Boston Terriers lying on the edge of the road. If your Boston Terrier is a master at jumping the fence, or cannot help following a smell, or young and vigorous, or is not properly trained, the chance of a missing Boston Terrier is high.

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

Some Boston Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Boston Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Boston Terrier, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Boston Terrier’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fido 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 very helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Boston Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to determine the value of your Boston Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Boston Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Boston Terrier owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Boston Terriers are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

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

One of the newer entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Boston Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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