How to Use a QR Code on Dog Tags

Losing your dog can be a stressful experience, especially if they have health concerns. What’s more, it can be hard to find a way to fit all of the necessary contact and medical information on a dog tag. Luckily, there’s a way to include a lot of information in a small space: creating QR code dog tags. 

If you’re unsure how to get started creating QR code dog tags, we’re here to help. This guide will give you the full details of how QR codes work, plus a few tips for getting started.

What Kind of QR Codes Should I Use for Dog Tags?

If you’re ready to generate your first QR code but aren’t sure how to use it, here are a few ideas.

Personal Contact Information

The most popular way to use QR code dog tags is to create a virtual “business” card that has your contact information stored on it. 

When a smartphone scans the code, your information will automatically pop up and can be added as a new contact in their address book. The type of contact information you want to add is up to you, but we’d recommend having at least your name, phone number, and email address.

Veterinarian’s Contact Information

If you move often or are renting, consider creating QR code dog tags linked to your veterinarian’s contact info or website. Make sure your tag mentions this; otherwise, someone finding your lost dog might be confused.

Email Forms

If you’d prefer someone contact you via email instead of the phone, consider using QR code dog tags that cause an email client to autoload when scanned. You can pre-fill your email address and subject line so that you’ll know exactly what a lost dog email will look like.

SMS Messages

QR code dog tags can generate a sms text message that has your phone number pre-filled so that you can receive a text from the person who found your dog as quickly as possible.

List of Dog’s Medications and Allergies

If your dog goes missing and you cannot be reached, adding a QR code that shows a list of your dog’s allergies and the list of medications they take in a simple text format can ensure that your dog stays safe and healthy while the person who found them tries to locate you.

What Is a QR Code, and How Does It Work?

Quick response (QR) codes are unique codes that smartphones and tablets can scan with their built-in cameras. These codes are used for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Sending someone to a URL
  • Sending an email to a specified address
  • Showing an image or video

Static QR Codes vs. Dynamic QR Codes


Static codes direct the client to a permanent URL or action and cannot be changed. Static codes are the most popular for QR code dog tags and are great for new users who want to test how well they work on their dog’s collar. 


Dynamic codes can be edited and re-edited as needed — even after printing.

How to Make QR Codes for Dog Tags

Making a QR code is easy! Here’s how to do it using our QR code generator:

  1. Select the type of code you’d like to make. Some of the options we provide include:
  2. Enter your content
  3. Customize the code with your brand colors or use a gradient to make your code pop.
  4. Add your logo or another image to help better brand your unique code.
  5. Customize the design with the right weight and style.
  6. Click “Create QR Code,” and you’ll receive a unique, ready-to-use code.
  7. Test your QR code to ensure it works correctly by aiming your smartphone camera at the code.

Should I Use a QR Code for Dog Tags?

Creating QR code dog tags can help locate your missing dog, but you should keep a few things in mind: 

  • Older individuals and/or those without smartphones may not know how to use a QR code.
  • Your QR code dog tags shouldn’t be the only way to identify your pet, as their collar can quickly go missing, too. 
  • If you move often, you should consider using QR code dog tags that aren’t tied to an address or landline.

Ready to get started? Use our free QR code generator to create your unique QR code now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change the way my QR code works?

If you create a dynamic QR code, you’ll have the ability to update the action scanning your code takes. However, this can be hard to manage when you’re making unique codes for every video, so we recommend instead updating the URL’s content your static code directs users to rather than dealing with maintaining costly dynamic codes.

How easy is it to use a QR code?

Both iOS and Android smartphones have built-in technology in their camera apps that automatically recognize a QR code. All someone has to do is open their camera and scan the code; their phone will do the rest.

Are QR codes useful for dog tags?

Yes. QR codes are great ways to give lots of information in an easy-to-read way when dealing with a small space like a dog tag. 

Can I use my new QR code digitally?

Yes, your new code can be used both digitally and in print. Your QR code dog tags can be used on social media or shared in Facebook groups should someone think they’ve found your missing dog.