Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Tenterfield Terrier

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tenterfield Terrier | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Tenterfield Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Tenterfield TerrierBuying a pet identification tag for your Tenterfield Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith 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 type of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty usually proves to be a regret, long-term.

Consider the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Tenterfield Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Tenterfield Terrier?
Lost Tenterfield Terriers are definitely common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Tenterfield Terrier is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Tenterfield Terrier is high.

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

Sometimes Tenterfield Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Tenterfield Terrier if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Tenterfield Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Tenterfield Terrier, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Tenterfield Terrier’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medicine, 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 amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Tenterfield Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are multiple ways to assess the value of your Tenterfield Terrier. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Tenterfield Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Tenterfield Terrier owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Tenterfield Terrier sets its value. For many people, Tenterfield Terriers are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

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

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Tenterfield Terrier’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Tenterfield Terrier these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer 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 low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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