|© Carrie Boyko|
Screenshot of Tanner's
Pet QR Tag Page
Thursday, October 20, 2011
by Carrie Boyko, CEB
Bar codes are out of style, old-fashioned. Just when I was getting used to them and self-scanner checkouts at stores are becoming more commonplace, there's a new game in town. It's called the QR code, although they should have called it the smart code. Why SMART? Because this code can be read by your smart phone or other Smart Code readers.
Full disclosure: No purchase necessary to win. Offer available to US, Australian and Canadian addresses, except Quebec. Void wherever prohibited. A sample Pet QR Tag was provided for review and testing by my dog. I was not paid to provide the information shared here and these experiences and opinions are my own. Giveaway participants and winners agree to the rules at our Giveaway and Contest Rules page.
Sounds pretty next century, but wake up. We have arrived. A quick download of a QR reader to your iPhone or other Smart Phone and you'll be ready to read these codes everywhere you see them, including on dog tags. Enter Pet QR Tag, where you can purchase a scannable tag and pay no monthly fees for monitoring Fido. Just buy the tag and set it up!
This new-fangled, 2-dimensional code that looks more like a decorative design to me, holds an entire webpage of information about my dog. When I filled it out, I was even given the option to select which information would be made public to those who scan his tag or enter his personal URL in their Smart Phone, laptop or home computer. Information can be updated by the owner with a quick sign on to the Pet QR Tag website.
Pet QR Tag offers options in shape, colors, and personalization can be added to some tags. All tags are scannable and include your dog's personalized URL for entry into any computer.
What I like best about this is it allows someone who finds a dog that is wearing the tag to quickly determine how to reach the owner, without the owner's phone number being displayed on the tag. Another exceptional feature is the ability to offer your dog's requirements such as medications or health issues that need regular attention. This tag could easily save your dog's life if he were lost.
Pet QR Tag also makes it possible to update your pet's location, status (lost, home, etc), contact information and necessary medical information for the person who is temporarily caring for your dog. Imagine playing phone tag with the person who has located your dog if you know your dog needs life-saving medication NOW! His Pet QR Tag webpage will share this information or any other with the person caring for him, allowing them to act accordingly. Once again, this is a life saving feature.
So, you may ask, what exactly happens if you find a dog with a scannable Pet QR Tag, but you don't have a Smart Phone? This is exactly the question I asked because I'm from the dark ages. I have a "dumb phone". All I had to do was visit the PetQRTag.com site and there I found a box asking if I had located a lost dog. Enter the tag number into a box and you'll be instantly taken to that dog's personal Pet QR Tag page, where his important information can be viewed. Check out this example, and be sure to explore the scroll bar to see the extent of the information you can provide on your Fido. These are all options that you have the choice to display or not. It's your decision.
Now let's consider what happens if your own Fido gets wanderlust. All of the important information about your pet would be in one easy link for you to forward to all your friends and the public via Facebook and Twitter. Imagine how many friends and family you could spread the word to with just one posting on you social networks. The days of "Lost Dog" neighborhood signs have gotten so much easier; you can print this sign from your Pet QR Tag page as well.
So, what about microchipping? That's a great question. The microchip was no doubt, a wonderful invention. The problem is that there are different microchips and different microchip readers. Vets, humane societies, ASPCAs and the like, all have a variety of scanners that may not necessarily work on your pet's specific chip. I've seen it happen myself.
In addition to the problems with scanners for microchips, there is the unfortunate lack of ease in updating information on a pet's chip. Stories abound on the Internet that describe these experiences and the difficulties. Pet QR Tag is out to make sure that you have total access to your pet's information. There are no more excuses for an old phone number, incorrect medication dosages, or outdated health information. You can update your pet's facts at a moment's notice 24/7. Each tab shown on the screenshot here includes a long list of information that you can fill out or not--your choice.
While you can purchase your Fido a Pet QR Tag on their website, there are also stores beginning to carry this new product. Check out their Store Locator for this growing list of retailers.
You also have the option of testing your luck. You guessed it. I'm running a giveaway of 3 standard Pet QR Tags. They'll look just like the one in the logo below. Yours will include your pet's unique URL on the back, and activation instructions to set up the pet page. It's quick and painless; I assure you. I had Tanner's page up and running in a matter of a few minutes. Let's get going now and make sure your pet can always be located quickly.
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