Choosing a Pet ID Tag for The Glen Of Imaal Terrier

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Glen Of Imaal TerrierBuying a pet ID tag for your Glen Of Imaal Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or trendy usually ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet id tag for your Glen Of Imaal Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Glen Of Imaal Terrier?
Lost Glen Of Imaal Terriers are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead Glen Of Imaal Terriers lying on the side of the road. If your Glen Of Imaal Terrier is a master at escaping your fence, or cannot help following a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a missing Glen Of Imaal Terrier is high.

But losing your Glen Of Imaal Terrier isn’t the only concern.

Some Glen Of Imaal Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi 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 satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Glen Of Imaal Terrier if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Glen Of Imaal Terrier, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Glen Of Imaal Terrier, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Glen Of Imaal Terrier’s temporary or new steward know that Spot hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Glen Of Imaal Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are several ways to determine the value of your Glen Of Imaal Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Glen Of Imaal Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Glen Of Imaal Terrier owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, Glen Of Imaal Terriers are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Glen Of Imaal Terrier’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Glen Of Imaal Terrier these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entries in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Glen Of Imaal Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical 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 also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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