Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Bedlington Terrier

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Bedlington Terrier, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for The Bedlington Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Bedlington TerrierPicking a pet ID tag for your Bedlington Terrier is like buying insurance – you do so with the faith that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be unwise, down the road.

Think about this before buying any pet id tag for your Bedlington Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Bedlington Terrier?
Missing Bedlington Terriers are very common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Bedlington Terrier!” signs tacked around town, or dead Bedlington Terriers lying along the edge of the road. If your Bedlington Terrier is a pro at hopping your fence, or can’t resist chasing a smell, or youthful and spry, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Bedlington Terrier is high.

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

Sometimes Bedlington Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may take Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Bedlington Terrier, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Bedlington Terrier.

In this case, will your Bedlington Terrier’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fifi hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Bedlington Terriers are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

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

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

Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, too. Most pet ID tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Bedlington 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 purchased from any vet 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 ID tags for your Bedlington Terrier these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newest entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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