Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Petit Basset Griffon VendeenBuying a pet identification tag for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively buying a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy usually proves to be foolish, down the road.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen:
1.What is the level of risk to your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?
Lost Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are definitely common – we’ve all come across “Lost Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens lying on the side of the road. If your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a pro at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help chasing a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a lost Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is high.

But losing your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen isn’t the only concern.

Sometimes Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog 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 Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that leaves you incapable of caring for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

In this instance, will your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen’s temporary or new steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be very beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal demands a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to assess the value of your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen owners, the companionship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many owners, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet ID tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of info. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary types of tags can purchased from any animal doctor or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of info they can contain is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet identification tags for your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 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 market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical 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 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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