MICROCHIPS VS. GPS

Why GPS is a much better choice for your family

Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified. So while microchips for dogs and cats do work when handled properly, they also have a few downsides. For instance: Small discomfort to the pet. When the microchip is inserted into the pet’s skin there is a risk of migration. Every now and then the microchip travels away from the injection site, which makes it harder to locate and scan it. Potential health risks are a concern with microchips that do not apply to GPS technology. It’s rare, but soft tissue tumors can develop at the injection site of microchips. Mistakes owners make also come into play. The microchip is useless if it’s not registered and updated with the owner’s contact information. Similarly, it also needs to be updated when pets change owners and when pets move with their owners. This is not fool proof. Lost pets can’t take themselves to a vet or shelter to be scanned for their microchip, so someone needs to take them there. No GPS function is a major short coming to the microchip option. Microchips are passive transponders, meaning they don’t track a pet’s whereabouts. Several brands of microchips exist. They operate on one of three different frequencies, and not all vets and shelters have universal scanners that read all the different brands and frequencies.

In short, GPS is a far better choice for keeping your pet safe!

 

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