Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Norwich Terrier

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Norwich Terrier, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Norwich Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Norwich TerrierPicking a pet identification tag for your Norwich Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the hopes that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or pretty often ends up being a regret, long-term.

Think about the following before picking any pet identification tag for your Norwich Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Norwich Terrier?
Missing Norwich Terriers are very common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Norwich Terrier is a pro at tunneling under the fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Norwich Terrier is high.

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

Some Norwich Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover hoping to get 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 satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Norwich Terrier, particularly 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, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your Norwich Terrier.

In this instance, will your Norwich Terrier’s new or temporary steward know that Rover hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Norwich Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

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

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

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Norwich 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 yet the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Norwich 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 market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Norwich Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is automatically 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 Norwich Terriers

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