Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Sealyham Terrier

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

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or pretty usually ends up being unwise, down the road.

Think about this prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Sealyham Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Sealyham Terrier?
Lost Sealyham Terriers are very common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead Sealyham Terriers lying on the side of the road. If your Sealyham Terrier is a pro at escaping the fence, or cannot help tracking a scent, or young and full of energy, or is not correctly trained, the possibility of a missing Sealyham Terrier is high.

But losing your Sealyham Terrier isn’t the only risk.

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

And what is the danger to your Sealyham Terrier if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Sealyham Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Sealyham Terrier, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this case, will your Sealyham Terrier’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Sealyham Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

However for most Sealyham Terrier owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many owners, Sealyham Terriers are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Sealyham 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 customary kinds of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Sealyham Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entries 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 comprehensive medical and diet information). The small 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 are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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