Picking a pet ID tag for your Dandie Dinmont Terrier is like buying 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 expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.
The type of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being foolish, in the long term.
Think about the following prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Dandie Dinmont Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Dandie Dinmont Terrier?
Lost Dandie Dinmont Terriers are definitely common – we have all noticed “Lost Dandie Dinmont Terrier!” signs posted around town, or dead dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a pro at hopping your fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or young and vigorous, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Dandie Dinmont Terrier is high.
But losing your Dandie Dinmont Terrier isn’t the only possibility.
Sometimes Dandie Dinmont Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Spot or Rover 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 for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.
And what is the risk to your Dandie Dinmont Terrier if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Dandie Dinmont Terrier, especially 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, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
In this case, will your Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s new or temporary caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, 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 level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Dandie Dinmont Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.
Note that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your Dandie Dinmont Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Dandie Dinmont Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Dandie Dinmont Terrier owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Dandie Dinmont Terrier determines its value. For many, Dandie Dinmont Terriers are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?
Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, also. Usually pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Dandie Dinmont Terrier these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.
One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Dandie Dinmont Terriers
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