Tuesday, May 22, 2012

PetHub QR Tags

Ever want to bring your dog along when you’re camping or checking out a new preserve or forest? One worry we have is that our dog, normally well-behaved, will take off after an animal or somehow else get spooked and run away. A new service is helping make it easier for pets to stay safe – available tags are now smart! If your pet disappears, the person who finds them can use their Smartphone, scan the tag, and use GPS to help the owner of a lost pet. PetHub tags helps owners digitize their pet’s important records and make them accessible via Smartphones and the Web.

PetHub  provides pet owners with the fastest and safest way to get lost pets home. Going beyond standard ID tags, the PetHub ID tag provides immediate, one-scan access to critical information such as emergency contacts, necessary medication, allergies, immunizations, vet and insurance providers, dietary needs, and much more. Unlike microchips, anyone with a Smartphone can easily scan the PetHub ID tag or use the Web address on the front of the tag to access a pet’s critical information and immediately take proper action.

Apart from the not-very-macho pink sample we were sent, the tags are easy to use. Go to the website, fill in as much information as you have, add the pet’s photo and you’re done. Attach the tag to your dog’s leash, harness, or collar, and then anyone has the ability to help your animal get home in case they are separated from you.

Pros: Simple to use, accessible to anyone with a smartphone, small size
Cons: Tag design means it won’t work if it falls off the animal

Going beyond standard ID tags that only include a name and number, PetHub yesterday announced the addition of a 24/7, 365 days-a-year toll-free hotline to their digital ID pet tags. Requiring no ongoing subscription fees and starting at $12.95, the new toll-free number tags also feature a QR code and unique website address that provides immediate access to a pet’s emergency contact information. Anyone who calls the toll-free number after finding a lost pet will be connected to a live U.S. operator who can take immediate steps to email or call the owner to help get the pet back home. In addition, for pets living or traveling internationally, PetHub offers a toll-based number that will display alongside the toll-free number when scanned.

Even though this was sent to me to review as an outdoor product, this can obviously be used at home, if your animal wears a collar. Simple design, not overly expensive, good mental insurance if you worry about your pet being lost.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this item for free to review on my blog, courtesy of  PetHub via Michele Mehl and Deanna Leung Madden. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. I wonder if Bob Roll is a dog guy?

  2. Well, I know he liked "Dog in the Hat."

  3. Interesting. Here in SA there are few reserves that allow pets. Mostly those without wildlife and there are not many of those.


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