When we got Bailey & Banjo we had them micro-chipped. We figured at least they would have something, but what I have recently learned is that although micro-chips are great, they have some drawbacks.
1. Only 3-5% of animals in the U.S. have a chip
2. You can’t be sure if someone finds your dog that they would even be willing to take them somewhere to be scanned.
3. Is the information on the chip up to date? I can honestly say when we moved I am not sure if ours was updated. (note to self: update chip after you move this month)
4. Although some vets have Universal Scanners now, not all of them do and there are four different types of scanning technologies out there, so it might not even be recognized if the place they are taken does not have the correct scanner!
So for all these reasons and more, I wanted an alternative. I was lucky enough to meet up with PetHub at the last Summer Muttmixer we had on Blake Island. They provide an additional safety item/service to combat these microchip issues above. After I tried it out, I am excited to report, both Bailey & Banjo are now permanent members of PetHub!
You can easily sign up (it’s free), upload your dogs and their info, and order them a collar or tag. Choose a Scruff Collar or a Laser Etched SmartLink Tag to order and when it arrives in the mail you can activate your QR code that comes etched on it.
But wait, what is a QR code?
I am sure you have seen those funny little squares in magazines and on many other things around lately. They are gaining such popularity these days I have even seen them on real estate listings and business cards. It is basically a 2-dimensional code created by Toyota for tracking auto parts. It is an open technology that allows anyone with a Smartphone to scan your dogs tag with a free app that reads QR Codes. Even if you don’t want to download an app to read the code, the PetHub tags also have the URL etched into them so it is super easy to type it in and see the same information.
So last week I got my tags for the dogs and put one on Banjo after activating it. I got him nearby and scanned his tag with ‘QR Droid’ which was free on my Verizon phone. When I scanned his tag, a URL came up that took me to his profile which had his picture and a button to click that would let me send an email. I sent myself the email and in about 5 seconds I got the email with my test message. How cool!
What I like even more about this set up is that now my personal information isn’t on my dogs tags. I can put everything in my profile, so if I find Bailey or Banjo have gone missing I can turn that part of my profile on, so when someone does scan his tag they can find things like my phone number, name, and medicines they take, what vet they go to or the pet sitter we use. You can totally customize what is displayed and when people see it. Brilliant!
I am really glad we have a back up plan in place and if you get just five minutes, take the time to go over to PetHub and sign up! Don’t wait until your pet has gone missing and you wish you could have taken the time to get one of these fantastic tags for your loved one.
So…now that I told you all that, I hope that you are as excited to get your pets tagged as I was. For all of you awesome friends, clients, likers and lookers that read this blog, PetHub was nice enough to provide Bailey & Banjo with a giveaway! For one lucky person, chosen randomly.
The ONE winner will receive:
So how do you win this awesome PetHub Bundle?! Three things and they all have to be completed!
1. At the bottom of this post, leave a comment about how you’d use your PetHub Bundle!
2. Head on over to PetHub and LIKE their page.
3. Go to Bailey & Banjo and LIKE us too! (most of you might already, but for people just joining us, we always love some new friends)
A random winner will be selected by the August 12th date of Friday Night Dog Love (that’s one week! So spread the word!) And good luck!!