Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Basset Artesien Normand

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Basset Artesien Normand, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Buying a Pet ID Tag for Your Basset Artesien Normand

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Basset Artesien NormandChoosing a pet identification tag for your Basset Artesien Normand is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the faith that you’ll never need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of purchasing 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 choosing a collar tag because it’s low cost or cute often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Think about this before choosing any pet identification tag for your Basset Artesien Normand:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Basset Artesien Normand?
Missing Basset Artesien Normands are very common – we have all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or deceased Basset Artesien Normands lying by the side of the road. If your Basset Artesien Normand is a master at jumping the fence, or cannot help chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t correctly trained, the chance of a missing Basset Artesien Normand is high.

But losing your Basset Artesien Normand isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Basset Artesien Normands get stolen. A pet thief may take Fifi or Spot hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in dog battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Basset Artesien Normand if something happens to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Basset Artesien Normand, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your companion.

In this instance, will your Basset Artesien Normand’s temporary or new caretaker know that Rover 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 amount of danger are you ok with?
Some Basset Artesien Normands are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet ID tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Basset Artesien Normand. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Basset Artesien Normand) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Basset Artesien Normand owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their companion determines its value. For many, Basset Artesien Normands are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your answers to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

Pet identification tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Most pet identification tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Basset Artesien Normand’s owner in a legible, durable format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can purchased from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Basset Artesien Normand these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Basset Artesien Normand’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 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 animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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