Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Lancashire Heeler

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Lancashire Heeler, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Lancashire Heeler

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

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be foolish, long-term.

Think about the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Lancashire Heeler:
1.What is the level of risk to your Lancashire Heeler?
Lost Lancashire Heelers are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Lancashire Heeler!” signs posted around the city, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Lancashire Heeler is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Lancashire Heeler is high.

But losing your Lancashire Heeler isn’t the only concern.

Some Lancashire Heelers get stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi 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 risk to your Lancashire Heeler if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Lancashire Heeler, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Lancashire Heeler, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your Lancashire Heeler.

In this instance, will your Lancashire Heeler’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires 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 very helpful.

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

Keep in mind that there are many ways to assess the value of your Lancashire Heeler. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Lancashire Heeler) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Lancashire Heeler owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Lancashire Heeler sets its value. For many people, Lancashire Heelers are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Lancashire Heeler’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet identification tags for your Lancashire Heeler these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Lancashire Heeler’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in 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 trackers, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Lancashire Heelers

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