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GPS Tracking and/or Micro Chipping

1 IN 3 PETS GET LOST GPS Tracking and/or Micro Chipping

Before we begin comparing the two systems, we must take into consideration the size of your pet.  If your pet weighs less than 8lbs then rule out the GPS device, right away.

The GPS is usually in the form of a strap-on collar, which can be a lot for a smaller dog or cat to lug around, on a daily basis.  Until technology further shrinks the size of the GPS collar, your small pet(s) would be better off wearing a standard collar for identification and rabies tag, in addition to a Micro Chip.  This is in case the collar comes off or is unreadable, for one reason or another.

 Also, please realize that this is not an either/or type of comparison.  Both devices can be used at the same time and in some cases it would be beneficial to do so.  Below are the pros and cons of each device.  One final note: these are not to be used as substitutes for traditional collars.  Why?  Traditional collars show your pet is not wild, most likely friendly and instantly notifies the finder as to his/her name, as well as where you live, so they can notify you immediately.

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Perhaps the biggest drawback to the microchip is the fact that it is no way distinguishable until/unless you bring the pet to a vet.  However, if your pet is extremely skittish, then whoever found him or her might believe that your pet is feral.  If they do catch him/her, they might keep your pet for a while, not knowing that you are frantically searching for what they have come to consider as their “new best friend”.  This can create some issues, especially as you (the owner) and the new owner will come to see the pet as belonging to yourself and not the other “owner”.

Micro chip GPS Tracking and/or Micro ChippingNow, the biggest advantage to the Micro Chip is size, as well as reliability.  These chips, once inserted, are in your pet for life.  If your pet is ever brought to a vet, animal shelter or humane society, whoever is on duty will most likely search your pet for a micro chip.  If discovered, your information will pop up, notifying the searcher to return the pet immediately or at least to call you to pick up your pet. The hard part is discovering it, as these chips do have the tendency to move around a little bit after they are inserted.  This is common knowledge among veterinarians, so there is very little chance of them not finding the microchip.

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The biggest downside, as mentioned earlier, is the size.  Due to current technological restraints, the device is bulky and may not be able to find a signal in certain places, thus rendering it occasionally useless and the battery life is limited.

However, if you have a larger pet, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The GPS Tracking device can alert you of when your pet leaves your specified vicinity and can show its location, in real time.  Needless to say, you can quickly recover your pet once he or she leaves your house.  If your pet is a ‘flight risk’ or if he/she has run away before, GET THE GPS FOR SURE!

By Jennifer Fiorentino

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