Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Bull Terrier

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Animal Care, Bull Terrier, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Bull Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Bull TerrierChoosing a pet ID tag for your Bull Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be foolish, down the road.

Think about this before picking any pet id tag for your Bull Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Bull Terrier?
Missing Bull Terriers are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Bull Terrier!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Bull Terrier is a master at tunneling under your fence, or can’t resist chasing a scent, or young and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a missing Bull Terrier is high.

But losing your Bull Terrier isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Bull Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the danger to your Bull Terrier if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Bull Terrier, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Bull Terrier, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your Bull Terrier.

In this instance, will your Bull Terrier’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

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

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

However for most Bull Terrier owners, the emotional attachment they have with their Bull Terrier sets its value. For many, Bull Terriers are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Using your answers to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, too. Many pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Bull 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 however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Bull Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Bull 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 plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily 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 Bull Terriers

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