Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Sporting Lucas Terrier

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Sporting Lucas Terrier | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Sporting Lucas Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Sporting Lucas TerrierBuying a pet ID tag for your Sporting Lucas Terrier is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s inexpensive or cute usually ends up being a regret, long-term.

Consider the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Sporting Lucas Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Sporting Lucas Terrier?
Lost Sporting Lucas Terriers are certainly common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Sporting Lucas Terrier is a master at breaking through your fence, or cannot help following a smell, or youthful and vigorous, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a lost Sporting Lucas Terrier is high.

But losing your Sporting Lucas Terrier isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Sporting Lucas Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may snatch 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 for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Sporting Lucas Terrier, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Sporting Lucas Terrier, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Sporting Lucas Terrier.

In this instance, will your Sporting Lucas Terrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, 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 level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Sporting Lucas Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to determine the value of your Sporting Lucas Terrier. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Sporting Lucas Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

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

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

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

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

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

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Sporting Lucas Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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