Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Welsh Terrier

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

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

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or cute often proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Consider the following before choosing any pet id tag for your Welsh Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Welsh Terrier?
Missing Welsh Terriers are definitely common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased Welsh Terriers lying along the side of the road. If your Welsh Terrier is a master at escaping the fence, or can’t resist following a scent, or young and vigorous, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a lost Welsh Terrier is high.

But losing your Welsh Terrier isn’t the only concern.

Some Welsh Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Welsh Terrier if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Welsh Terrier, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Welsh Terrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Welsh Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Welsh Terrier. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Welsh Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

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

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

Pet identification tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, too. Most pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

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

Luckily, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Welsh Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newest entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’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 polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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