Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Braque Saint-Germain

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Animal Care, Braque Saint-Germain, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for The Braque Saint-Germain

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Braque Saint-GermainPicking a pet ID tag for your Braque Saint-Germain is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’ll never use it. The “possible price” 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 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively picking a collar tag because it’s low cost or trendy often proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to purchasing any pet identification tag for your Braque Saint-Germain:
1.What is the level of risk to your Braque Saint-Germain?
Lost Braque Saint-Germains are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Dog!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying along the side of the road. If your Braque Saint-Germain is a master at escaping your fence, or can’t resist following a smell, or young and spry, or is not properly trained, the possibility of a missing Braque Saint-Germain is high.

But losing your Braque Saint-Germain isn’t the only risk.

Some Braque Saint-Germains are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Braque Saint-Germain if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior adult with a Braque Saint-Germain, particularly if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your Braque Saint-Germain, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you incapable of caring for your Braque Saint-Germain.

In this instance, will your Braque Saint-Germain’s new or temporary caretaker know that Fido hates cats, or needs medication, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that has more than your phone number and name would be extremely helpful.

2.What level of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Braque Saint-Germains are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that pet demands a specific, more expensive kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to determine the value of your Braque Saint-Germain. It may be financial (e.g., a purebred Braque Saint-Germain) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Braque Saint-Germain owners, the sentimental attachment they have with their Braque Saint-Germain sets its value. For many owners, Braque Saint-Germains are family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

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

Pet identification tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and hold varying amounts of information. Some have logos or artwork, too. Most pet identification tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Braque Saint-Germain’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re cheap but the amount of information they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, there are many more options for pet ID tags for your Braque Saint-Germain these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, pet registry web sites and voice recorded pet id tags.

One of the recent entrants in the pet identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive 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 easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Braque Saint-Germains

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