The last few decades have been one technological revolution after the other. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with the ongoing developments in the digital world, and sometimes it can be hard to know whether these new inventions are worth the money and trouble to get them delivered and set up. The following will explore one of these new technologies, in particular, the pet tracking device. It will examine these devices’ uses and what sort of problems they can solve to help you better determine whether or not a pet tracker is right for you and your furry friend.
What Is A Pet Tracking Device?
A pet tracker is a small device that is kept on your pet. Many of them come in the form of a collar or a microchip that is implanted somewhere beneath your pet’s skin. These devices contain global positioning systems data, which can be accessed on your phone or computer. The goal is to prevent pets everywhere from getting lost and not being found by their owners.
Who Is A Pet Tracking Device For?
In the broadest sense, pet trackers are for anyone who has a pet. They are designed in particular for people who have pets that love to wander and roam. We’ve all seen one of those dogs that if the door is open for a moment and the leash isn’t on—they’re gone. Faster than any person nearby was prepared for.
It also seems to be common for older, extremely well-trained dogs to start wandering further and further from home as they age, despite knowing full well that you don’t want them to do this. Like humans, dogs can experience dementia in old age and may not find their way back home quickly or easily. Not all pets are at high risk of getting lost, but pet trackers seem to be the perfect solution for those that are.
What Other Features Are Included
Depending on the brand, make, and model of pet tracker you look into, several additional features can be utilized by pet lovers. Some devices monitor your pet’s exercise (similar to a fit bit), nutritional needs, sleep habits, weight, and body temperature. All of this information is easily accessible on an app on your phone or a website with your identification number or account information. For more information on additional features available, check out this site. These extra features can help people working with a new breed or type of animal make sure that their furry friend is getting everything they need.
The Biggest Feature
Having a pet runaway can be incredibly stressful. It used to involve you and all your buddies wandering around town with treats in your pocket, calling out for your beloved pet. The longer your pet is missing, the scarier things become. Pets aren’t able to navigate busy roads, towns, or woodlands full of bigger, wilder animals without running into trouble and, because of this, being lost can end up being really dangerous for them. Children’s movies love to tell us that they’re on their way back home, but this asks a bit too much for many pets. Pet trackers let you know where your canine friend is at any given moment, which can result in finding a missing pet faster and reducing the risk of harm being done while they wander around alone. Also, for people who live in colder climates where freezing is a big risk for animals out on their own, this can help owners find their pets before the cold does.
It’s no fun to think of your pet being lost and alone, but it is the sort of thing many people who have lost pets permanently think over often. The American Humane Association estimates that 1 in 3 pets go missing at least once in their lifetimes. They also cite that more than 80% of pets reported missing are not found again. In particular, more dogs are lost on the fourth of July than any other day (maybe because owners are running in and out all day getting the barbeque fired up and entertaining guests).
The above information should help you think about whether a pet tracker is right for you and your family. If you decide against getting one, at the minimum, your pet should have a collar with tag information on it at all times. This can also reduce the risk of a pet staying lost if they manage to get out of your sight.