Choosing a pet ID tag for your Grand Griffon Vendeen is like buying an insurance policy – you do it with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real 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 because it’s inexpensive or cute often ends up being unwise, in the long term.
Think about this before buying any pet id tag for your Grand Griffon Vendeen:
1.What is the level of risk to your Grand Griffon Vendeen?
Missing Grand Griffon Vendeens are very common – we have all come across “Lost Grand Griffon Vendeen!” signs tacked around town, or deceased dogs lying by the edge of the road. If your Grand Griffon Vendeen is a master at escaping your fence, or can’t help tracking a smell, or young and spry, or isn’t correctly trained, the risk of a missing Grand Griffon Vendeen is high.
But losing your Grand Griffon Vendeen isn’t the only possibility.
Sometimes Grand Griffon Vendeens get stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.
And what is the danger to your Grand Griffon Vendeen if something happens to you, the owner?
If you’re a senior citizen with a Grand Griffon Vendeen, especially if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Grand Griffon Vendeen, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that renders you unable to care for your Grand Griffon Vendeen.
In this case, will your Grand Griffon Vendeen’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.
2.What amount of risk are you ok with?
Some Grand Griffon Vendeens are just more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that pet calls for a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.
Note that there is more than one way to assess the value of your Grand Griffon Vendeen. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Grand Griffon Vendeen) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).
However for most Grand Griffon Vendeen owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Grand Griffon Vendeen determines its value. For many, Grand Griffon Vendeens are like family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.
3.Using your answers to the two previous questions, what do you need in a pet identification tag?
Pet ID tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, also. Most pet identification tags are meant to be hung from a collar.
At a bare minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Grand Griffon Vendeen’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 kinds of tags can purchased from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Grand Griffon Vendeen these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.
One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Grand Griffon Vendeen’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is severely limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Grand Griffon Vendeens
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