Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Old English Terrier

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Old English Terrier, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Old English Terrier

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Old English TerrierPicking a pet ID tag for your Old English Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the faith that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is vital, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag because it’s cheap or pretty often ends up being foolish, long-term.

Think about the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Old English Terrier:
1.What is the level of risk to your Old English Terrier?
Lost Old English Terriers are certainly common – we’ve all come across “Lost Old English Terrier!” signs tacked around town, or deceased Old English Terriers lying on the edge of the road. If your Old English Terrier is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a lost Old English Terrier is high.

But losing your Old English Terrier isn’t the only possibility.

Some Old English Terriers are stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot hoping to get 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 cult rituals.

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

If you’re a senior adult with a Old English Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill 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 tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this case, will your Old English 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 phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Old English Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

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

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

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

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

At a minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Old English 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 traditional types of tags can bought from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Old English Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet id tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from 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 plugged into any computer, where it is easily 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 low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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

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