Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Smooth Fox Terrier

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Smooth Fox Terrier | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for The Smooth Fox Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Smooth Fox TerrierBuying a pet ID tag for your Smooth Fox Terrier is like purchasing an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty often proves to be foolish, down the road.

Consider this prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Smooth Fox Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Smooth Fox Terrier?
Lost Smooth Fox Terriers are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased Smooth Fox Terriers lying by the side of the road. If your Smooth Fox Terrier is a pro at jumping the fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or is not well trained, the possibility of a lost Smooth Fox Terrier is high.

But losing your Smooth Fox Terrier isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Smooth Fox Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Smooth Fox Terrier if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Smooth Fox Terrier, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your Smooth Fox Terrier.

In this case, will your Smooth Fox Terrier’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Smooth Fox Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

But for most Smooth Fox Terrier owners, the emotional attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, Smooth Fox Terriers are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, also. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Smooth Fox Terrier’s owner in a legible, durable 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 purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Smooth Fox 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 entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Smooth Fox Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 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 low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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