High-Tech Tools to Aid in the Recovery of Your Lost Pet
It's stressful to have a pet run away, even if it's only for a few seconds. Pet trackers with GPS claim to be able to immediately reconnect you with your rambunctious companion. Consumer Reports experts just finished testing pet monitoring systems and have some suggestions and recommendations for picking the best one for your pet.
Consumer Reports put pet trackers to the test to discover how easy they are to use, set up, and, most importantly, how successfully they follow your beloved pet.
Some smartphone apps allow you to draw a safe zone on a map. You'll receive an alert on your phone if your pet exits that zone. For some real-world testing, a CR reporter used the gadgets to follow his dog for many weeks. The writer's dog never goes missing for long periods of time, but if it did, he is confident that he would be able to locate it.
According to Consumer Reports, choosing a device that uses both GPS and cellular service is the best option. This implies you'll have to pay for both the gadget and the subscription plan. However, the additional expense is justified by the increased tracking range.
Many trackers also have a "lost mode" or "live mode" option that updates your pet's location more regularly if he or she leaves the secure zone.
Out of all the products CR tested, the top-scoring Tractive GPS Dog LTE has the greatest pricing. It's also light enough for your cat to use. The first year will set you back $134 ($50 for the gadget and $84 for service).
Regardless of whose tracker you choose, CR recommends that you familiarize yourself with it and practice tracking your pet before an emergency arises. You don't want to be trying to figure out how to use an app while also looking for your pet.