Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your American Pit Bull Terrier

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your American Pit Bull TerrierPicking a pet identification tag for your American Pit Bull Terrier is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “actual price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be unwise, down the road.

Think about the following prior to picking any pet id tag for your American Pit Bull Terrier:
1.What is the amount of risk to your American Pit Bull Terrier?
Lost American Pit Bull Terriers are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost American Pit Bull Terrier!” signs setup around town, or dead American Pit Bull Terriers lying along the edge of the road. If your American Pit Bull Terrier is a pro at breaking through the fence, or can’t help following a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a lost American Pit Bull Terrier is high.

But losing your American Pit Bull Terrier isn’t the only risk.

Some American Pit Bull Terriers get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your American Pit Bull Terrier if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a American Pit Bull Terrier, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy that renders you incapable of caring for your American Pit Bull Terrier.

In this case, will your American Pit Bull Terrier’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some American Pit Bull Terriers are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to calculate the value of your American Pit Bull Terrier. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most American Pit Bull Terrier owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their American Pit Bull Terrier sets its value. For many, American Pit Bull Terriers are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have artwork or logos, also. Many pet identification 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 American Pit Bull Terrier’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary kinds of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your American Pit Bull Terrier these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your American Pit Bull 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 plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is severely limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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