09 Jan 2018 What Kind of Pet Tracking System is Right for you?
There’s nothing a pet tracking system can’t do. Whether it’s locating your pet when they go missing, keeping track of their activity levels, or alerting you whenever they’re barking, pet trackers are the latest and greatest product in pet technology. Before you buy a pet tracker, it’s important to know about the different kinds of trackers there are and which one is best for you. Below we break down several types of pet tracking systems to help you find the best product for your pet.
Pet Tracker vs. Microchip
Many people who are hesitant to jump on the pet tracker train wonder whether pet tracking systems are better or more efficient than microchips. The truth is that pet trackers and microchips are two very different products. While microchips are embedded under your pet’s skin, pet trackers merely are attached to your pet’s collar. Microchips are great when somebody finds your lost pet, but they don’t allow for real-time tracking of your pet if nobody finds them. Both products give owners different ways to track their pets, and work best when used together. If you’re looking for a way to easily know where your pet is on your mobile phone and keep track of other things like your pet’s health, than a pet tracking system might be the right solution for you.
Different Types of Pet Tracking Systems
Below are the different types of commonly found pet tracking systems.
GPS Pet Trackers
These kinds of pet tracking systems generally work with an app on your cell phone and require a monthly subscription plan. The plan is well worth it for their accurate use of cell signals and wifi to pinpoint the exact location of your pet from the convenience of your smartphone. GPS pet trackers are widely known as the most accurate pet trackers on the market.
Radio Pet Tracker
These pet trackers use radio transmitters that send a signal from a device attached to your pet to your receiver device. These signals are useful for short distances, and generally don’t work beyond a 12 mile range. They are most commonly used for hunting dogs and to track wildlife.
Bluetooth Pet Tracker
Bluetooth pet trackers are similar to radio pet trackers in that they use radio wave signals to communicate from one device to the other. Bluetooth pet tracking systems are effectively and inexpensive, although their range is very limited so they aren’t recommended for the purpose of keeping track of your pet in case they run away or get lost.
Wifi Enabled Pet Tracker
The last type of pet tracking system is the wifi enabled one. This system closely resembles the GPS pet tracking system in that it uses a combination of GPS, wifi, and cell towers to quickly and accurately locate your pet. Although wifi pet tracking systems generally are unable to be used via your smartphone and are less cost effective than other systems.
Pet Tracker Checklist
Below is a list of certain things to look for when shopping for a pet tracking system. When it comes to your pet’s safety, you don’t want to take any chances. A good pet tracking system will be durable, accurate, and have a long battery life. If your pet tracker meets all of the criteria listed below you can rest assured that your pet will be safe for years to come.
- Built-in GPS
- Long Battery Life
- Easy to Use Phone App
- Activity Monitor
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