How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Grand Bleu De Gascogne

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Grand Bleu De Gascogne, Pets | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for Your Grand Bleu De Gascogne

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Grand Bleu De GascognePicking a pet identification tag for your Grand Bleu De Gascogne is like purchasing insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more expensive than the “real price” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet identification tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag just because it’s cheap or pretty often ends up being unwise, long-term.

Consider the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Grand Bleu De Gascogne:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Grand Bleu De Gascogne?
Missing Grand Bleu De Gascognes are very common – we have all come across “Lost Dog!” signs posted around town, or dead Grand Bleu De Gascognes lying on the side of the road. If your Grand Bleu De Gascogne is a master at tunneling under the fence, or cannot help following a scent, or youthful and spry, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a lost Grand Bleu De Gascogne is high.

But losing your Grand Bleu De Gascogne isn’t the only possibility.

Sometimes Grand Bleu De Gascognes get stolen. A pet thief may snatch Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in satanic rituals.

And what is the risk to your Grand Bleu De Gascogne if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Grand Bleu De Gascogne, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Grand Bleu De Gascogne, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your Grand Bleu De Gascogne.

In this case, will your Grand Bleu De Gascogne’s temporary or new steward know that Spot hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely beneficial.

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Grand Bleu De Gascognes are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are many ways to assess the value of your Grand Bleu De Gascogne. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Grand Bleu De Gascogne) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Grand Bleu De Gascogne owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their companion sets its value. For many people, Grand Bleu De Gascognes are family members, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

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

Pet identification tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and can contain varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, also. Many pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Grand Bleu De Gascogne’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 types of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap however the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options of pet ID tags for your Grand 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 entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is low, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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