Finding a lost pet using GPS pet tracking
29 Sep 2010 Jason 2
If you’re a pet owner you’ll know how stressful it can be when your pet goes missing. It’s urgent you locate them as quickly as possible before they hurt themselves or someone else.
You can also face heavy fines if your pet is picked up by the pound before you have been able to locate it, which is highly likely if an animal is seen wandering and then reported to the local authorities.
So it’s in everyone’s best interests to get owner and pet reunited as quickly as possible.
GPS tracking for pets not just a novelty
To some pet GPS tracking may seem like a gimmick – an unnecessary add-on for paranoid pet owners who have more dollars than sense but GPS pet tracking has proved its worth in more ways than one.
- Quickly locating a missing or escaped pet – No more embarrassing yourself late at night calling out for your wandering pet!
- An alibi for your pet should it be accused of being in a fight – You can prove with your GPS records that your pet was not in the area where the fight took place.
- Recovering a stolen pet (or at least where it was stolen from if the the collar is removed) – Some GPS pet trackers can be configured to send you an instant SMS alert if the GPS collar is tampered with. This may provide you with sufficient notice to recover your pet or at least notify the authorities that a robbery is in progress.
- Monitor your pet’s movements while you are away from home and learn how far and wide your pet roams when you’re not around!
What should I look for when buying GPS pet tracking?
When it comes to GPS pet tracking there are a couple of different options available, so it pays to know what your needs are before choosing one or the other.
- Handheld receivers – Suited to hunters and sportspeople these handheld units generally consist of two parts: the GPS transmitting unit (normally worn by the pet as a collar) and a receiver, usually a handheld device. The advantage is that it is normally just a one-off cost and they work without having to log on to the internet. They generally have a range of anywhere between three and 7 miles. Other features to check for include whether the GPS collar is waterproof (preferably up to IP67 standards, which means they can swim with it) as well as the minimum size of the pet it will track.
- connected devices and require subscription to an online website that allows you to know where your pet is at any time. It can also be configured to send you an SMS text alert the moment your pet strays outside of a specified area (known as a Geofence) or the GPS unit is tampered with. Make sure you check available coverage as the device may not work in your area. Online services – This type of GPS tracking is better for pet owners concerned about their pet running away or getting into trouble (such as going somewhere it shouldn’t) while they are away at work. They can end up being more costly as they are
Aside from deciding how you want to use GPS pet tracking, consider other factors of a device you may be considering including:
- The battery life of the device (some units only last 24 hours)
- What areas the device will work in, as well as its range
- How weatherproof or rugged it is
- What options it has to alert you when your pet is in trouble
- The minimum pet size as some pets may be too small to be tracked
- Any ongoing costs such as monthly subscription fees
- The size and weight of the GPS unit (including batteries) to make sure it isn’t too heavy or bulky for your pet
If there’s anything you’re not sure make sure you ask before you buy so you don’t end up with a pet tracker that doesn’t suit your needs.
What about implanting GPS tracking?
While pets can have microchips implanted under the skin, this technology is used by vets or animal control officers to identify a pet and information about their owner or medical history – it’s not used to locate them in the first place
While there are GPS transmitters that would be small enough to be implanted under a pet’s skin (making them more effectively in pet-napping cases) the cost of this technology makes it out of reach for most pet owners.
Just another use for GPS
GPS has a huge range of different uses and now pet owners are benefiting from this technology to keep an eye on their pets, and hopefully keep them out of trouble.
Have a read of this article if you’re looking for information on how the actual GPS technology works.
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