How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Australian Silky Terrier

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Animal Care, Australian Silky Terrier, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for The Australian Silky Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Australian Silky TerrierPicking a pet identification tag for your Australian Silky Terrier is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the hopes that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty often proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider this prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Australian Silky Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Australian Silky Terrier?
Missing Australian Silky Terriers are very common – we have all seen “Lost Australian Silky Terrier!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying along the edge of the road. If your Australian Silky Terrier is a pro at escaping the fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and energetic, or is not well trained, the chance of a lost Australian Silky Terrier is high.

But losing your Australian Silky Terrier isn’t the only risk.

Some Australian Silky Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may steal Rover or Fido 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 as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Australian Silky Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Australian Silky Terrier’s new or temporary caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Australian Silky Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Australian Silky Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Australian Silky Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Australian Silky Terrier owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Australian Silky Terriers are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

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

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

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Australian Silky Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Australian Silky Terrier’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 polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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