Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier | Comments Off on Buying a Pet Identification Tag for Your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Soft-Coated Wheaten TerrierBuying a pet identification tag for your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is like purchasing 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 costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or cute often ends up being unwise, in the long term.

Consider this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Missing Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier!” signs setup around town, or dead dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a master at escaping the fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is high.

But losing your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier isn’t the only danger.

Some Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot hoping to get 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 religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.

In this instance, will your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Soft-Coated Wheaten 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 directly proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier owners, the emotional attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers are members of the family, 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 ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, as well. Most pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Soft-Coated Wheaten 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 customary types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers

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