Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet ID Tag for Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Grand Basset Griffon VendeenPicking a pet ID tag for your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is like buying an insurance policy – 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 buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically buying a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or pretty often proves to be foolish, in the long term.

Consider the following before purchasing any pet identification tag for your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen:
1.What is the level of risk to your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen?
Lost Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen!” signs plastered around the city, or deceased Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens lying on the side of the road. If your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a master at tunneling under the fence, or cannot help chasing a smell, or young and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the risk of a lost Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is high.

But losing your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen isn’t the only risk.

Some Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover hoping to get 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 cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen if something were to happen to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, 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 little notice. And anyone can be hit with a tragedy or disaster that renders you unable to care for your companion.

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

2.What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Realize that there are multiple ways to assess the value of your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen owners, the relationoship attachment they have to their Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen sets its value. For many, Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are like family, 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 identification tags come in varying materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of info. Some have artwork or logos, too. Usually pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At a bare minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re economical but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet identification tags for your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet identification tags.

One of the newer entries in the pet ID game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs off your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete diet and medical 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 veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, because of bluetooth technological limits.

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