Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Wire Fox Terrier

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Wire Fox Terrier | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Wire Fox Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Wire Fox TerrierPicking a pet ID tag for your Wire Fox Terrier is like purchasing insurance – 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 type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be a regret, long-term.

Consider the following before picking any pet id tag for your Wire Fox Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Wire Fox Terrier?
Lost Wire Fox Terriers are certainly common – we have all come across “Lost Wire Fox Terrier!” signs posted around the city, or dead Wire Fox Terriers lying along the edge of the road. If your Wire Fox Terrier is a pro at breaking through your fence, or can’t resist tracking a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a lost Wire Fox Terrier is high.

But losing your Wire Fox Terrier isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Wire Fox 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 fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Wire Fox Terrier if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Wire Fox Terrier, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your Wire Fox Terrier.

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

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Wire Fox Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Wire Fox Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Wire Fox Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Wire Fox Terrier owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Wire Fox Terrier sets its value. For many, Wire Fox Terriers are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Wire Fox 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 kinds of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Wire Fox 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 Wire Fox Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor 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 Wire Fox Terriers

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