Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Braque D’Auvergne

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Animal Care, Braque D'auvergne, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet ID Tag for Your Braque D’Auvergne

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Braque D'AuvergneBuying a pet identification tag for your Braque D’Auvergne is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’ll never need it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively purchasing a collar tag just because it’s low cost or trendy often ends up being unwise, down the road.

Think about this prior to picking any pet identification tag for your Braque D’Auvergne:
1.What is the level of risk to your Braque D’Auvergne?
Lost Braque D’Auvergnes are very common – we have all come across “Lost Braque D’Auvergne!” signs posted around town, or dead Braque D’Auvergnes lying on the side of the road. If your Braque D’Auvergne is a pro at escaping the fence, or can’t resist tracking a scent, or youthful and spry, or is not well trained, the chance of a missing Braque D’Auvergne is high.

But losing your Braque D’Auvergne isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Braque D’Auvergnes are stolen. A pet thief may steal Fido or Fifi in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the danger to your Braque D’Auvergne if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Braque D’Auvergne, particularly 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 Braque D’Auvergne, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which renders you unable to care for your Braque D’Auvergne.

In this instance, will your Braque D’Auvergne’s temporary or new caregiver know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you ok with?
Some Braque D’Auvergnes are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there are several ways to calculate the value of your Braque D’Auvergne. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Braque D’Auvergne) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Braque D’Auvergne owners, the companionship attachment they have with their Braque D’Auvergne determines its value. For many, Braque D’Auvergnes are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet identification tag?

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have logos or artwork, also. Usually pet identification tags are meant to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Braque D’Auvergne’s owner in a legible, durable 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 vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive yet the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options in pet identification tags for your Braque D’Auvergne these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your pet’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 polymer 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 low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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