GPS tracking devices are becoming increasingly popular for pet owners, thanks to the recent boom in pet tracking technology. Unlike Microchips that are only successful if someone has the pet scanned at a shelter or veterinarian’s office, GPS tracking devices allow pet owners to locate their pup’s location on a map at any time. In addition to this lifesaving feature, GPS tracking has many convenient, modern ways pet owners can rest assured their pet is safe. Some GPS devices attach to your pet’s existing collar and range from 2-8 ounces while others include a safety collar. Keep in mind, there is typically a monthly service fee for these GPS services that range from around $2-$10 dollars per month depending on the service and usage. What are the benefits to a GPS device, in addition to being able to find your pet on a map at any given time?
*Set Up Safe Zone- These devices allow you to set up a safety perimeter around your house. You will be instantly alerted any time your pet leaves the designated safe zone.
* Email/Text Alerts- Get instant communication if your dog wanders out of his safe zone or when tracking your dog.
*Map Tracking- Track your pet by map and get instant alerts if your pup changes locations.
These features give you added peace of mind and will help you locate your pet in the event he or she gets lost. Are your pets at risk for getting lost? According to the latest stats, 10 million pets went missing in 2008…only 1.8 million were reunited with their owners (click here to see source).
Here are some popular GPS pet tracking devices with links to their websites and online stores. Though they are pricey, GPS trackers are the best way to locate your pet in a dire situation.
SpotLight and SpotLite GPS Pet Locators
$169.99-$249.99- Both trackers have full GPS functionality and are water-resistant however the more expensive SpotLight GPS tracker comes with an LED light and removable, rechargeable battery. Track your dog, get constant updates when outside the safe zone and receive full history reports of your dog’s various locations. SpotLight also offers mobile apps for added convenience and peace of mind.
Tagg the Pet Tracker
$99.00- The Tagg Pet Tracker system allows you to locate your pet via map and receive text alerts when your pet is outside the pre-set safety zone. This GPS device is waterproof and can be worn swimming. It can be used on cats and even comes in four colors!
Love My Pets GPS Tracker
$129.95- This GPS tracker allows for a GEO fence safe zone and up-to-the-minute alerts if your dog wanders off. In addition to the features mentioned above, the Love My Pets GPS Tracker has glow-in-the-dark banding for extra safety at night and is water-resistant.
What do you think? Does your pet have the need for a GPS tracking device and would you invest in one? Overall, we think GPS tracking devices are a great concept and would consider it when it becomes more affordable.