Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Petit Bleu De Gascogne

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Petit Bleu De Gascogne, Pets | Comments Off on Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Petit Bleu De Gascogne

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Petit Bleu De GascogneBuying a pet identification tag for your Petit Bleu De Gascogne is like purchasing insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Impulsively picking a collar tag just because it’s cheap or trendy often proves to be unwise, long-term.

Consider this prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Petit Bleu De Gascogne:
1.What is the level of risk to your Petit Bleu De Gascogne?
Lost Petit Bleu De Gascognes are very common – we have all seen “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or deceased dogs lying by the side of the road. If your Petit Bleu De Gascogne is a master at tunneling under your fence, or cannot help tracking a smell, or young and spry, or is not well trained, the chance of a lost Petit Bleu De Gascogne is high.

But losing your Petit Bleu De Gascogne isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Petit Bleu De Gascognes get stolen. A pet thief may steal Fifi or Spot in hopes of getting 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 Petit Bleu De Gascogne if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Petit Bleu De Gascogne, especially if you live by yourself or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little 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 Petit Bleu De Gascogne’s new or temporary caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Petit Bleu De Gascognes are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is directly proportional to value.

Realize that there are several ways to assess the value of your Petit Bleu De Gascogne. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Petit Bleu De Gascogne) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Petit Bleu De Gascogne owners, the sentimental attachment they have to their Petit Bleu De Gascogne determines its value. For many people, Petit Bleu De Gascognes are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Using your responses to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

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

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the Petit Bleu De Gascogne’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 types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re low cost however 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 Petit Bleu De Gascogne these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your animal doctor or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is low, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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