Why a microchip can’t track my dog in real time and what to use instead
Microchip for dogs are not to be mistaken with GPS tracking devices. This blog entry will explain why it's not possible to keep track of your dog by relying only on a microchip for dogs and why your dog needs both a microchip and a Tractive GPS to be safe.
20 October 2015
Microchip for dogs are not to be mistaken with GPS tracking devices. This blog entry will explain why it’s not possible to keep track of your dog by relying only on a microchip for dogs and why your dog needs both a microchip and a Tractive GPS to be safe.
Microchip for dogs: uses and limitations
Chipping your dog is law in many countries. The reason? If your lost dog gets found, an equipped vet can reach back to you by simply reading the 15-digit ID microchip, on which sensitive data are saved.
While you are on the search for your missing dog, the microchip for dog is of no help.
The microchip for dogs is used to locate the dog’s owner, should a lost dog get found again. That’s why if you want to prevent your dog from going missing, you should be looking at the best solution to keep track of your dog in real time.
The microchip is about 11 – 14 mm long and 2 – 2.2 mm thick. The microchip is implanted under the animal’s skin with a syringe that goes between its shoulder blades. The dog won’t feel any pain during the implantation process. It is with the use of a RFID device that your vet can read the microchip’s ID.
Tractive GPS for real-time location
The main difference is that the microchip becomes useful only when the lost dog is eventually found again. Tracking devices like the Tractive GPS Tracker, on the other hand, offer the possibility to track your dog in real time. For this reason, the Tractive GPS Tracker has often been a life saver.
If you are looking for real-time tracking and precise positioning of your dog, a Tractive GPS Tracker is what you need
The GPS Tracker has all of these characteristics:
- a high-quality GSM module
- a GPS antenna
- a LED-light
- a loudspeaker
- a battery pack
It will be thus unthinkable to integrate all these components into a microchip for dogs, which has the size of a rice horn and a single antenna. Considering the components, Tractive GPS is a small device. Nevertheless, we recommend the use of Tractive GPS on dogs with a starting weight of 4.5 kg (9 pounds).