Facts About Microchip Technology and GPS Tracking for Pets (Part III)

GPS Tracking Technology

These devices provide the exact location of your pet.

GPS trackers, on the other hand, are bigger devices, close to the same size as a matchbox. It uses GPS to transmit location information, similar to how your car’s or your phone’s GPS works. The tracker provides the dog’s exact location via SMS or email alerts.

Pros

Exact location in real-time. If you’re in a spot with GPS signals and/or cellular coverage, the tracker is able to give your pet’s precise location. Whether or not this happens in real-time depends on how good or bad internet coverage is. Unlike Bluetooth-only trackers that have a range of 50 feet, a GPS tracker lets you track your pet’s movements anywhere on earth with continuous location updates on a map.

More than just your pet’s location. Several GPS pet trackers can watch your pet’s fitness and even some health factors. Some trackers check your dog’s vitals and activity signs, for example, from resting to running, plus pulse and respiration data. Other trackers can even observe the quality of sleep, distance traveled, calories burned, and more.

You can stop losing your dog using the GPS tracker through geofences. This function lets pet owners set virtual fences on the map, and they will be notified once their dog enters or exits the specified space.

Cons

Could fall off. The GPS tracker is either attached to your dog’s existing collar or is the collar. If not fastened snugly around the dog’s neck, the device could fall off. If the dog is stolen, it can also be taken off by the thief.

GPS trackers are battery operated. If the device runs out of battery, you will not be able to track your dog. GPS trackers must be charged frequently, and battery life differs from brand to brand.

Expensive. Most pet GPS trackers require a service plan that has monthly or yearly fees.

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