How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Skye Terrier

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Skye Terrier | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet Identification Tag for Your Skye Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Skye TerrierChoosing a pet identification tag for your Skye 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 costly than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically choosing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or pretty often proves to be foolish, down the road.

Consider this before choosing any pet id tag for your Skye Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Skye Terrier?
Lost Skye Terriers are very common – we’ve all come across “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or deceased dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Skye Terrier is a pro at escaping your fence, or can’t resist following a scent, or youthful and spry, or is not well trained, the chance of a lost Skye Terrier is high.

But losing your Skye Terrier isn’t the only risk.

Some Skye Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Fido 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 satanic rituals.

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

If you’re a senior citizen with a Skye Terrier, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Skye Terrier, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your companion.

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

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Skye Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

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

However for most Skye Terrier owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Skye Terrier sets its value. For many owners, Skye Terriers are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of information. Some contain artwork or logos, as well. Most pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Skye Terrier’s owner in a durable, legible 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 purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options in pet identification tags for your Skye Terrier these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Skye Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small 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 vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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