PetHub, a Seattle-based software company that makes pet safety products has created a scannable QR code ID tag. The tags were first developed and tested in November 2010 in the Seattle area, but after a successful soft launch, PetHub launched nationwide in March 2011.
My first thought when I heard of these tags is, “Why is this better than a normal ID tag?” It’s an extra step to have to scan the tag, rather than just looking at it and seeing a name and a phone number. And what if your pet is found by some luddite who doesn’t have a smart phone or computer? They might not even know what the hell a QR code is, let alone know you gotta scan the darn thing.
Upon looking into the PetHub tags, what I did like is that the QR codes can hold extra info that your run-of-the-mill pet ID tag can’t, like your pet’s veterinarian contact information, medical information, and dietary information. Owners can easily update this information via the PetHub website, to make sure all the information is current. And if a pet goes missing, owners can use PetHub to send out email/text alerts, display alerts on PetHub.com, and send shelter notifications.
PetHub’s scannable ID tags are $12.95-$29.95, include a free web profile for each animal, and a free “Bronze” subscription that
includes data storage about your animal.
What do you think Pawesomers, is this cool or not? Would you use it?