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 Worried about losing your dog or cat? Here is everything you need to know to choose the right GPS system for your pet. We will also explain the major differences between the GPS chips and electronic chips.

Did your dog disappear or run away on all legs during the walk to follow a tantalizing scent? Did your cat go out but didn't come home as planned? No problem, all you need to do is activate your subcutaneous dog GPS chip or cat GPS microchip to geotag it and go and retrieve it quickly and easily.

This scenario sounds ideal, doesn't it? Ideal yes, but for the moment it is mostly imaginary! Because in reality, the subcutaneous GPS chip is still just a mirage, a myth, an invention that has remained at the idea stage. Neither the cat GPS chip implant nor the subcutaneous dog GPS chip exists for the simple reason that the subcutaneous GPS chip technology is not developed. In fact, the feasibility difficulties are numerous.

However, there are two alternatives to this dream product: the electronic chip and the GPS chip for cats and dogs. After explaining why the GPS implant is not possible, we will detail how the microchip and the GPS chip can keep you from being separated from your pet and their major differences.

The myth of the subcutaneous GPS chip for cats and dogs

It's a safe bet that if it had been possible, the subcutaneous GPS chip would already tell us the real-time location of our loved ones. However, while humans are increasingly mastering miniaturization, certain constraints are still resisting.

The microchip is not a subcutaneous GPS chip


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The microchip is not able to provide location information today. To understand the difference between an electronic identification chip and a GPS chip, you just need to imagine a little.

The electronic identification chip is like opening a drawer to read information. When running away cats and dogs are found, they are taken to a veterinarian or to the local animal pound. Veterinarians and professionals in the domestic animal industry are the only ones authorized to access information related to pets. Equipped with a chip reader, they are able to read the identification number of the animal which will allow them to access information concerning it.

As for the GPS chip, it's a bit like phoning a third party to tell them exactly where you are. Indeed, a telephone conversation implies that there is a transmitter and a receiver that communicate live, it is somewhat the same principle for GPS technology. The animal's movements can be tracked on the sole condition that the GPS chip sends the information on its GPS position live to a receiver, your phone for example.

However, the electronic chip is not a transmitter, it is just a medium containing information readable at point-blank range with a chip reader.

Difficulties related to miniaturization

Although the progress in terms of miniaturization for the RFID chip is notable, it is quite different for the GPS chip. Indeed, how do you consider incorporating a GPS antenna, a GPS module, a SIM card, a GSM module in a chip the size of a grain of rice?

Besides that, you absolutely have to add a battery. However, the battery life is proportional to its size and it is impossible to drop below certain dimensions (because from a certain battery size the GPS chip would only have a few hours of autonomy, making its usefulness minimal due to the constraint of having to recharge it two to three times a day). The problem is therefore complete.

Insolvable feeding problems

Assuming that we can integrate GPS technology into a subcutaneous implant, there is still a major difficulty. How to power the subcutaneous GPS chip? As we have seen, the GPS chip is necessarily powered by a battery that must be recharged regularly. However, a cat GPS chip under the skin is difficult to reach, so how do you reach it to power it?

Also, if the battery life is around 5 years, this means that it should be changed at least once in the animal's life. However, in this specific case, changing the battery would involve a new operation for the animal and additional costs for its owner.

Operation of the electronic chip

Electronic chip technology

The microchip for pet identification is the size of a grain of rice. This subcutaneous implant, introduced under general anesthesia using an injection syringe, contains a microcircuit.

The electronic chip generally uses radio-identification (RFID) technology. This is exactly the same process used for contactless payment for bank cards or public transport tickets. The animal's identification number contained in the electronic chip can be read using a chip reader and gives access to information specific to it.

The price of identification depends largely on your veterinarian, who sets his price list more or less freely. It's up to you to find out beforehand to make sure that the price charged is suited to your resources (but keep in mind that this act remains in any case compulsory in the eyes of the law).

What is the electronic chip used for?

The microchip is primarily used for the census of domestic animals and for health monitoring organized by i-CAD, but also offers invaluable assistance in the search for lost or missing animals. Far from being a constraint, the electronic chip makes it possible to fight against the disappearance, theft, and even the trafficking of animals. It constitutes the identification card (or identity card) of the dog or cat.

How is the electronic chip used?

How to find your cat using an electronic chip? In the event of a loss, in addition to the various steps taken to find it, an owner can notify i-CAD by providing his identification number.

At the same time, when an animal is found, the electronic chip containing the identification number is immediately scanned to obtain the information necessary to find its owner. This information will make it possible to contact the owner of the animal to inform him that it has been found.

The microchip gives the owner about a 40% more chance of finding their lost pet. This is why it is essential to always update your information in the event of a change of ownership of a dog or cat.

How the GPS chip for cats and dogs works

What is a GPS chip?

The GPS chip for dogs and cats is a tracking system. It is a transmitter that transmits geolocation information to a receiver, such as a smartphone, via a mobile application. Note that the GPS coordinates refresh interval depends on the selected model (you can just as easily have a new position every 10 seconds as every 10 minutes).

This device requires the presence of a battery which must be recharged on a regular basis. In addition, the battery has a defined lifespan, which means replacement approximately every 5 years. In addition, a SIM card is often integrated into GPS chips (in order to be able to transmit the GPS position of the tracking device).

A GPS chip studied and adapted to pets

There are many GPS with different services, with or without a monthly subscription for example, and in variable formats. That said, the GPS chip is usually built into a box no larger than a small matchbox. Relatively light, this case is suitable for both cats and dogs. Attached to a collar (with a braking mechanism for cats) or a harness, it is most often waterproof (IP67 waterproof), which allows it to follow the pet wherever it goes.

The GPS chip is as effective for a large dog as it is for a small dog or even a cat. For a small cat or a kitten it will depend on each animal, but remember that the main thing is to get your cat used to wearing a collar or harness before fitting it with a real-time tracking device.

How Does a Dog GPS Chip Work?

The dog is a domestic animal that does not usually go out without its owner. But some dogs are obedient and wander easily, others are even runaways. A fearful dog can run away if he is frightened. The GPS chip for dogs will preferably be used to find it easily thanks to its geolocation function in real-time and without a distance limit. Thanks to the map, compass, and radar functions, locating your dog during walks is child's play with your dog's GPS chip.

Why equip yourself with a GPS cat chip?

The cat is more independent. If he's cuddly inside the house, he's decidedly lonely when he walks through the door to roam his territory. It is always interesting for a master to see the extent of his cat’s territory. That said, the GPS cat chip is far from a gimmick and lets owners know their feline's whereabouts at all times.

When we know that in France a cat disappears every 10 minutes, the GPS cat chip is really not an accessory. The functions of the GPS cat chip are the same as those of the GPS chip for dogs, and when it is slow to return, it is quite possible to locate your cat thanks to its GPS cat chip and go and find it quickly. to put it to safety.

The other features of a GPS chip

It's hard to give an opinion on the best GPS on the market, it depends on what everyone expects from their GPS system for animals. That said, aside from important aspects such as location accuracy, some GPS devices are much more than just a tracking system. The distance traveled, the animal's average speed, location history, and even activity tracking are all useful data for owners to get to know their animal better.

Some GPS chips even offer the possibility of configuring delimited areas (or virtual fences), the enclosure of a garden for example. When the cat or dog enters or leaves a safe zone, alerts are sent to the masters' smartphones (notifications via the free iOS and Android application). This anti-runaway feature is very handy for quickly reacting when a dog digs under the fence to run away.

Thanks to GSM antennas, GPS chips with subscription benefit from a network coverage close to 100% of the territory, making it possible to precisely locate the pet in real-time and without a distance limit. It is thus possible to follow an exact GPS position even in the forest or in the countryside.

Finally, to complete your comparison, you can take a look at the training function, based on positive reinforcement, which is also very popular with pet owners. To train a dog or a cat, all you have to do is a ring or vibrate its GPS chip each time it eats in order to induce a recurrence. Over time, the animal will associate the vibration or ringing of its GPS chip with the kibble in its bowl. If a dog escapes during his walks or if a cat is slow to come home, activating his GPS chip naturally prompts him to return to enjoy his kibble.

The importance of battery life

As we saw above, autonomy depends directly on the size of the battery. It is therefore a real constraint in the search for miniaturization of GPS systems. Because the value and usefulness of a GPS chip really come down to battery life. Even if the GPS chip needs to be recharged regularly, the battery must be sufficiently autonomous to allow time for owners to find their pet if it escapes.

The electronic chip and the GPS chip: two complementary technologies

The myth of the subcutaneous GPS chip is tenacious. It is also given different names: the geolocation chip for cats, the electronic dog tracking chip, the GPS implant for cats, the geolocation chip for dogs ... But whatever names we give it, the GPS chip implanted under the skin is a fantasy.

Today, only the electronic identification chip exists in the form of a subcutaneous implant. But pairing the identification of the pet with a microchip and the GPS chip is not at all redundant. On the contrary, these two solutions really complement each other to offer safety to the animal and peace of mind to its owner.

The microchip or how to find your lost animal

The implantation of an electronic identification chip for a cat or a dog is not optional, it is even mandatory. Each animal must be implanted with an electronic chip that contains a unique number to which all the information concerning it is attached. This is a first step that works for the safety of pets since the microchip maximizes the chances of finding a lost cat or dog.

A pet cat or dog does not necessarily have a collar or medallion specifying the contact details of its owner. However, when you find a lost animal, the first priority is to find its owner. In this case, the identification number is the best alternative to hope to find the owner.

The GPS chip or how to stop losing your dog or cat

But there is even better than finding your pet, it's not to lose it again. Precisely, the GPS chip helps prevent pets from running away or getting lost. Some dog breeds are notorious for being runaways. Likewise, certain breeds of cats are particularly independent and go out regularly. When the four-legged companion has an unfortunate tendency to take the dust off, the GPS chip is an effective tool.

Indeed, it is not easy to know how to find a dog or a cat without knowing where it has gone? You might as well look for a needle in a haystack. The GPS chip indicates in real-time and without distance limit the exact position of the pet. The owner just has to follow the directions on his phone to reach his pet and bring him back to safety.

The subcutaneous GPS chip for cats or dogs would undoubtedly do us a lot of services, but it turns out that it doesn't exist yet. Never mind, the electronic chip and the GPS chip are two tools with different but complementary technologies.

One has information readable via a transponder while the other transmits location information to a receiver. Undoubtedly, the microchip and the GPS chip together represent a significant help in no longer being separated from our pets or finding them quickly if necessary. The dog and cat GPS collar is also a quick and efficient solution for tracking your pet, reminding him if he wanders away and finding him if he runs away.




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