Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Toy Fox Terrier

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Toy Fox Terrier | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Toy Fox Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Toy Fox TerrierPicking a pet identification tag for your Toy Fox Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive 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 picking a collar tag just because it’s low cost or cute often ends up being unwise, long-term.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Toy Fox Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Toy Fox Terrier?
Missing Toy Fox Terriers are very common – we have all seen “Lost Toy Fox Terrier!” signs setup around town, or deceased Toy Fox Terriers lying by the side of the road. If your Toy Fox Terrier is a master at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help following a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Toy Fox Terrier is high.

But losing your Toy Fox Terrier isn’t the only concern.

Some Toy Fox Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fido or Fifi hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Toy Fox Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Toy Fox Terrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Rover hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Toy Fox Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Toy Fox Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Toy Fox Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Toy Fox Terrier owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Toy Fox Terriers are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

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

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

One of the newer entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’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 plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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