One of the most common customer requests we receive is, if it’s possible to use the microchip of their pet as a GPS tracking device. This blog entry will explain, why this is not possible. If you want to track your pet, you have to use a Tractive GPS Pet Tracker.
Microchip for dogs
Pet owners all over the world often have to register their animals with a microchip. The main purpose of the chip is to identify a pet in case it gets lost and the owner needs to be located. If you find a lost pet you should bring it to a vet who can read out the personal data of the owner with a specific reading device.
This means the chip can only find the owner when the pet is already found by someone else, but cannot help you when your pet goes missing and you’re out searching. The microchip does not guarantee that you will find your pet!
The microchip is about 11 – 14 mm long and 2 – 2.2 mm thick. The microchip is implanted just under the skin, between the shoulder blades, with a syringe. The pet hardly feels anything during this process. With a special RFID device you can read out the unique 15 digits ID from the chip.
Comparing the Tracker with microchip for dogs
The biggest difference is that the microchip for dogs is used for authentication of a lost pet, while the Tractive GPS Tracker is used for locating and tracking your pet in realtime!
A common question is regarding the size. The chip is almost as little as a rice corn, whereas the Tracker has approximately the size of a car key. Inside of the chip there is just an antenna because there would not be enough space for an internal power source. Therefore, the chip is only activated when the reading device is near. However, the Tracker consists of a expensive GMS module, GPS-antenna, LED and a battery. It would practically be impossible to place all those components into such a small device like the microchip for dogs, even with state of the art technology. The Tractive GPS Pet Tracker is already the tiniest device available with so many features and integrated technology.
Have you ever lost your pet? Please visit our webshop and take a look at the Tractive GPS Tracker.
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