What is microchipping?
There are additional options to compliment the Microchip that do work as GPS, the concern with using ONLY GPS Pet trackers is that currently, they are only worn externally and are a bit larger than a regular collar. They often require a contract or membership. GPS is a great idea and Microchips and GPS can work together VERY well.
It’s very common that us humans assume that GPS trackers and microchip implants do the same thing but that couldn’t be further from the truth. To better understand the importance of microchipping your pet, please continue to read!
It is first very critical a microchip implant is used for every dog or cat. Pet microchipping is so crucial that over 75 countries around the world have made it mandatory. Microchip implants are very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and are inserted just under your animal’s skin. They have no charging or power needs which is why they’re able to be inserted. The procedure is quick, safe and simple causing little discomfort for your pet.
The microchip acts as a permanent form of identification for your animal in the event they go missing. Shelters and veterinarians use a special scanner to retrieve important owner contact details from the chip. Unfortunately, this is also the main drawback of the microchip as it will serve no purpose unless there is a scanner available to extract the information and the microchip has been registered. This means your pet must be found, captured and taken to a vet or shelter to begin the process of reuniting the animal with its owner. Days or weeks can pass in between, leaving time for a tragic accident to occur or a pet could be extra cute and taken home from a stranger that wants to keep it. There are often high costs associated with this process as well, and it’s quite common that registration of the chip is not completed. This is why attaching a GPS tracker to your pet’s collar is also necessary.
GPS pet tracking devices
GPS trackers are just as important as microchip implants but serve a different purpose – to find your pet. They’re used by owners themselves before a vet or shelter ever gets involved. This means you have the power to act immediately to recover your pet in a scenario where your pet runs off or escapes. Click a button and find them within minutes. No need to wait hours or days for a microchip to be scanned.
GPS trackers range in size and should remain attached to your animal’s collar at all times. Most devices have an app which will allow the owner to request the pet’s location and show it on a map in real time. They often have perimeter alerts if your animal escapes. GPS pet trackers do require a power source and there are health risks associated with embedding one into an animal. The other issue is the size requirements of an internal GPS tracker and the smallest unit is not something you could place comfortably into an animal so they are all currently external.
You have to ask, after all of this?!…Just Joshin! They serve different (and very important) purposes! Hopefully, now it’s clear that microchip implants are designed for identification & GPS pet tracking devices are designed to find your pet. You should have both in the event that the other fails. It’s not a perfect plan but it’s about as close as you’ll get and will certainly increase the odds of finding your lost pet. GPS pet trackers work immediately but are worn externally and can fall off or be damaged. If they do, your pet will have a microchip implant as a back-up!