GPS Tracking vs the Microchip

Many pet parents we talk to express a deep fear of losing their pets.  Surprisingly, many of those same pet lovers know very little about GPS tracking. Isn’t a microchip just as good, they ask? Well, no, it’s not. GPS tracking actually helps you locate your lost pet before they wander too far away or get injured. A microchip is only successful after the pet is found and deposited at a local vet’s office where the chip can be scanned. With the pet wearable market expanding, pet parents have lots of options for GPS tracking to help locate lost cats and dogs.

So, with that in mind, how do you choose the best pet GPS tracking device for your furry pals? Here are a few factors to keep in mind and why they’re important.

Key Factors for GPS Tracking Devices

Accessibility

How does a particular GPS pet tracking device work? How are you able to access your pet’s location? Some wearable pet tech comes with its own tracker unit, while others use computers or mobile apps. Another important factor to consider is whether the app uses a wireless connection, Bluetooth, or another connectivity method. Scollar smart collars use Bluetooth and mobile app connectivity to keep you connected.

 

Weight and durability

Some GPS pet trackers are simply too big, bulky or heavy for smaller pets to wear comfortably. You should look for something lightweight without being fragile. Check the weight of the device as well as recommended pet neck size before buying a pet wearable.

 

Battery life

When it comes to pet tech, you always have to make sure the GPS tracking device has a charge. If it doesn’t, it’s essentially useless. Check out the information about battery packs – do they require physical batteries or regular recharging? How long does a battery charge last? Will you have to remove the collar entirely to charge it? Scollar understands this dilemma and created a system to recharge the smart collar without removed it from the pet.

 

Multifunctional

Much like celebrity chef Alton Brown says about kitchen tools, there’s no reason to buy a pricey item that only does one job. Look for devices that serve multiple functions! Some newer GPS devices, like Scollar, offer medication and feeding reminders, night visibility, and a modules that expand the functionality of the device.

 

Cost

There’s no doubt about it, GPS tracking technology can be expensive. It’s not the sort of thing you want to lose, so attaching it to a pet that loves to roam and have adventures could make anyone nervous. Thankfully, some smart collars help you find more than your pet, they can locate a lost smart collar as well. It’s worth it to select one with such an option!

Additionally, many folks are surprised by the monthly subscription fee for GPS tracking. Be sure you understand the upfront and ongoing cost of the GPS tracking device.  Some pet wearables, like Scollar, are using the newest tracking technology that doesn’t require a monthly fee.

 

Ready to make a pro-con list and figure out which GPS tracking device is right for you and your furry friends? These factors should help get you started! If you have any more questions, drop us a line at support@scollar.com.

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