Picking a pet ID tag for your Staffordshire Bull Terrier is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the hopes that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying 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 purchasing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be unwise, down the road.
Think about this prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Staffordshire Bull Terrier?
Missing Staffordshire Bull Terriers are definitely common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or deceased dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a master at jumping your fence, or cannot resist chasing a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the chance of a lost Staffordshire Bull Terrier is high.
But losing your Staffordshire Bull Terrier isn’t the only risk.
Sometimes Staffordshire Bull Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot 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 for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.
And what is the risk to your Staffordshire Bull Terrier if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you incapable of caring for your companion.
In this case, will your Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s new or temporary steward know that Rover 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 extremely helpful.
2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Staffordshire Bull Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Realize that there are multiple ways to assess the value of your Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Staffordshire Bull Terrier) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).
But for most Staffordshire Bull Terrier owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their companion determines its value. For many, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are members of the family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.Using your responses to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet identification tag?
Pet ID tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, also. Many pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.
Luckily, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Staffordshire Bull Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.
One of the newer entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Staffordshire Bull Terrier’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 automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Staffordshire Bull Terriers
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