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Michael Hamilton By Michael Hamilton • September 17, 2018

Is there a GPS chip for dogs?

There seems to be a fair amount of confusion over what a microchip is and what a microchip isn’t.
 
People often ask questions such as:
Is there a GPS chip for dogs?
Is there a GPS chip for cats?
How much does it cost to put a GPS chip in a dog?
Can you put a GPS chip in your child?
Is there a GPS implant for humans?
Can you track your dog with a microchip?
Many suggest to us that we invent the implantable microchip with GPS while others assume that a microchip in humans exists.

First off,  there is no such thing as an implantable GPS microchip. A GPS chip itself (not to be confused with an RFID pet microchip) is much too large to be implanted into an elephant- let alone a small kitten and it requires an EXTERNAL power source or piezoelectronic nanogenerator technology activated by kinetic energy to work- however, neither of which are small enough to be implanted into any living thing. Further, anything implanted into the body of a dog, cat or human has to get FDA approval- which takes years, millions of dollars, and real scientists to develop. It would also be contested by many.
 
We surveyed 400 pet owners that actually have microchips implanted in their pets and we learned many think that their pet’s microchip is a GPS device. This was part of a much greater survey regarding pet microchips and the lack of standardization that has led to incompatability issues.
 
Peeva how microchips work
 
Let me set the record straight.
 
When it comes to saving missing pets, GPS has a lot of potential, but an implantable microchip with GPS is totally not feasible at this time.  There is no implantable microchip with GPS, Microchips are not GPS, and microchipping a human serves no purpose. 
 


What is GPS?

kelsey jelowskiGPS simply means Global Positioning System (GPS), a precise location tool used for navigation in airplanes, boats, cars, and for almost all outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, and kayaking. There are a few companies that now offer it attached to dog collars.

To add to the confusion, many sites like Amazon, however, will sell separate items that will come up in search results as one item. For example, there are multiple distributors that sell GPS collars for pets as well as microchips for pets, but there is no such thing as a pet GPS microchip. Fine. it happens; however, nothing is more annoying when someone is totally disingenuous and it actually yields ignorant belief. It is even worse when someone ignorant disagrees with you and backs it up with something that came up in a simple google search that is totally false.

What is a microchip?

Microchips are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that provide a permanent ID for pets. They are the only pet reunification technology option available that is implantable and not attached to a collar so, unlike everything else that attaches to a collar, microchips cannot fall off a collar, be removed, or become impossible to read. Microchips do not require a power source like GPS.

How do microchips work? Microchips are not GPS

When a microchip scanner is passed over the pet, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip’s ID number. Since there’s no battery and no moving parts, there’s nothing to keep charged, wear out, or replace. The microchip will last a pet’s lifetime.

Microchips carry a unique identification number. If a pet gets lost and is taken to a vet clinic or animal shelter, it should be scanned for a microchip to reveal the unique ID number. That number then needs to be called into a pet recovery service, and then the rightful pet owner is supposed to be contacted using the contact information on file when the pet owner registered the pet. For microchips to work they need to be registered.

Are microchips GPS?

No. A microchip is a small RFID implant with a code that is read when a scanner is waved over it. Microchips themselves do not store any information other than that.


Will a microchip ever be implanted into a human?

There is absolutely no point in ever implanting a human with a microchip because humans have fingerprints. There is nothing that can be accomplished with a microchip that can not be accomplished already with biometric fingerprint scanning technology.  Pets, however, do not have fingerprints so microchips serve as the only permanent form of identification for them. This is why having a microchip implant is absolutely necessary for pets and unnecessary for humans.

There are two organizations that have made headlines recently that claim to be inventing GPS microchips.
 
One was a company called escape alert. It was a fraud. You can read more about that here.
There is another more recently called three square market. Also a fraud. You can read more about that here.


Should I be concerned about my own privacy if I have my pet microchipped?

The short answer to that is no, the information you provide to the manufacturer's microchip registry is the only way you can be contacted if someone finds your pet. The only way to gain access to that information is from the company your chip is registered with. Once a number is detected- whoever detected the unique identifier of your chip- a phone call should be placed to that company's customer service line and that company will notify you. When registering with Peeva, you will be instantly notified whenever and wherever your chip was scanned within minutes.

Are microchips government tracking devices?

No. They store a unique code that can only be read within a few inches range. 


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