A new Seattle company has introduced a product they hope will help keep pets and their loving owners together.
Currently, owners have two main resources to help them find their dog or cat if it is lost- an ID tag and or a microchip.
ID tags are great, but they can only contain so much information. While a microchip can contain extensive details about a pet, it needs to be implanted by a vet and can only be scanned by shelters and animal hospitals.
“The deal is you have to check for microchipping and you have to hope it's one of the three percent that are actually have a microchip and then worse - if it is one of the three percent, 58 percent of the animals with microchips have out-of-date information,” Pet Hub founder Tom Arnold said.
Pet Hub believes it has the perfect combination of these two items. Using barcode-like QR tags, Pet Hub says it links “critical contact, medical, dietary and other information right your pet’s collar.”
Anyone with a smartphone can scan an animal’s tag and be taken to the owners PetHub.com profile.
Pet Hub sells the smart ID tags for about $13.
They also offer free storage of your pet's profile and medical information online - plus hundreds of searchable articles on health care, training, and breed info.