Choosing a pet identification tag for your Australian Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.
The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy usually proves to be unwise, long-term.
Think about this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Australian Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Australian Terrier?
Missing Australian Terriers are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Australian Terrier!” signs tacked around the city, or deceased Australian Terriers lying on the side of the road. If your Australian Terrier is a pro at breaking through the fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or young and energetic, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a missing Australian Terrier is high.
But losing your Australian Terrier isn’t the only possibility.
Sometimes Australian Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit 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 Australian Terrier if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Australian Terrier, particularly if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Australian Terrier, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your Australian Terrier.
In this case, will your Australian Terrier’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.
2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Australian Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Note that there are many ways to assess the value of your Australian Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Australian Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
However for most Australian Terrier owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many people, Australian Terriers are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3.Using your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?
Pet ID tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, too. Most pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.
At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Australian Terrier’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re low cost but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Australian Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.
One of the newer entries in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Australian Terriers
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