How to Choose a Pet Identification Tag for The Rat Terrier

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Rat Terrier | Comments Off on How to Choose a Pet Identification Tag for The Rat Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Rat TerrierChoosing a pet ID tag for your Rat Terrier is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” 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. Impulsively choosing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be a regret, long-term.

Think about this before purchasing any pet id tag for your Rat Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Rat Terrier?
Missing Rat Terriers are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Rat Terrier is a pro at breaking through your fence, or cannot help following a smell, or youthful and spry, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Rat Terrier is high.

But losing your Rat Terrier isn’t the only possibility.

Some Rat Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Rat Terrier, particularly 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 Rat Terrier, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Rat Terrier’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Rat Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, more expensive type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

But for most Rat Terrier owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many owners, Rat Terriers are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

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

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Rat Terrier’s owner in a durable, legible 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 veterinarian or pet store. They’re economical however the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

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

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) 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 used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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

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