Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Gascon Saintongeois

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Gascon Saintongeois, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Gascon Saintongeois

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Gascon SaintongeoisPicking a pet identification tag for your Gascon Saintongeois is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is crucial, so take 5 minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy often ends up being unwise, long-term.

Consider the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Gascon Saintongeois:
1.What is the level of risk to your Gascon Saintongeois?
Lost Gascon Saintongeoiss are very common – we have all seen “Lost Gascon Saintongeois!” signs plastered around town, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Gascon Saintongeois is a master at jumping the fence, or cannot help chasing a smell, or young and vigorous, or isn’t well trained, the possibility of a lost Gascon Saintongeois is high.

But losing your Gascon Saintongeois isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Gascon Saintongeoiss get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Gascon Saintongeois if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Gascon Saintongeois, 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 furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be struck by disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Gascon Saintongeois’s new or temporary steward know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Gascon Saintongeoiss are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Realize that there are many ways to calculate the value of your Gascon Saintongeois. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Gascon Saintongeois) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Gascon Saintongeois owners, the emotional attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many owners, Gascon Saintongeoiss are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet ID tags come in various shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Gascon Saintongeois’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional types of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re low cost yet the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Gascon Saintongeois 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 ID market 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 plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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