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.