How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Jack Russell Terrier

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Jack Russell Terrier, Pets | Comments Off on How to Buy a Pet Identification Tag for Your Jack Russell Terrier

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

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often ends up being foolish, down the road.

Think about the following before buying any pet identification tag for your Jack Russell Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Jack Russell Terrier?
Missing Jack Russell Terriers are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Jack Russell Terrier!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying on the side of the road. If your Jack Russell Terrier is a master at tunneling under your fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or youthful and spry, or is not well trained, the possibility of a missing Jack Russell Terrier is high.

But losing your Jack Russell Terrier isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Jack Russell Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (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 Jack Russell Terrier if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Jack Russell Terrier, particularly 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 furry friend, perhaps with little 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 Jack Russell Terrier’s temporary or new caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Jack Russell Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal demands a specific, more expensive type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

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

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

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

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Jack Russell Terrier’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive however the amount of information they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the newer entries in the pet identification 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 complete diet and medical information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in 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, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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