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

Microchips

Microchips have to be read by a special scanner and don’t give off the location of your pet. 

Numerous pet owners are hesitant to have their furry friend implanted with a microchip. Some feel that the procedure is unsafe, while others are concerned about the possible side effects that it might bring to their four-legged friend. Microchips only look scary probably because of the word implantation. However, the procedure is practically like getting your dog a vaccine injection, except that the needle used is a bit bigger.

Like any other medical procedure, there are health risks including infection, hemorrhage, and chip migration. But the side effects mentioned are very rare. This can be avoided if microchip implantation is performed by a licensed vet.

Pros

Permanent and affordable. Implanting the microchip is an easy, quick, and affordable one-time procedure. The device is a tiny, electronic chip in a glass cylinder about the size of a grain of rice and is put under your pet’s skin. It won’t come out or fall off unless surgically removed.

Resistant to the elements. You never have to worry about your pet’s microchip breaking down even if they jump into the pool, get soaked in the rain, or if they roll around in the mud. Since it is put under the skin, it’s naturally shielded from the elements.

No batteries required, it doesn’t need to be charged, and it requires no power source. It lasts the lifetime of your pet!

Cons

Only read by a special scanner. This means that a lost dog implanted with a microchip can only be reunited with its owner or if taken to a shelter or to the proper authorities with the specific scanner. You have no way of knowing where your pet is. You will have to wait for a good Samaritan to call and tell you of its location. Microchip technology is therefore futile if your pet ended up in the hands of a thief.

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

Make sure you can find your pet with microchip or GPS technology.

Which tracking technology suits your pet better? GPS or Microchip Technology?

Did you know that over 10 million pets are stolen or lost every year? Only a little over 85% of them end up in the shelter as some are left homeless, to roam the streets, while others end up euthanized since the owners either have no way of finding them or, sadly, didn’t take the time to look for them.

Living in the 21st century, practically everybody is using location tracking apps and identification systems. Therefore, pet owners have no reason to be irresponsible and unprepared when their pet goes missing. The numbers rise during the summer months when spending time outdoors and traveling are frequent activities.

Many of us are now familiar with the uses of GPS navigation. We have it built into our smartphones. The same technique is now applicable for tracking pets and accounts for over 39% of the return-to-owner rate of stolen or lost dogs. On the other hand, pet microchips are also now so vital that more than 75 countries around the globe have made it mandatory. These tracking technologies ensure to reunite pets with their owners, possibly reducing the missing posters on poles and walls.

GPS versus Microchip Technology: Which One Suits Your Pet?

You are now most likely asking which technology is better for tracking your pet. GPS or microchip technology? Note that each works differently and has its own sets of pros and cons. What if your little furry family member can’t be found down the street, or worse, what if your pet has been stolen? In this article, we’ll go over the differences to help you out.

Microchip Technology

Dog tracking chips are little circuits put under the skin of the animal. Unlike GPS trackers, it uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Pet microchips contain all vital information about the animal, such as the unique ID of the chip, your dog’s breed, description, and vaccination schedule, the owner’s information, and the vet’s contact information.