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A microchip or a pet tracking device -which is the best?

There has been a great debate in using various kinds of pet trackers and the hottest issue that has been discussed so far is that of health issues related to the tracking systems, especially of the microchip pet trackers.

It has been seen that microchip pet trackers were introduced as a cheap, easy and non-visible solution for pet tracking needs and at the start these tracking devices went viral. But later it was observed that such microchips usually have a tendency to travel inside the dog's body and may drift from the shoulder area and that can cause severe tissue damages and greater health issues for the pet that has the chip inside.

Also, it has been seen that dog who had chips implanted under their skin have a greater risk to develop tumors or cancerous cells at the point where the chip was implanted. Though researchers think that it may not be the only reason to develop the problems, but still the risk is there. That's why such microchips have to be inserted with a great care and after sufficient level of investigation about the pet and the compatibility of the chip as well as the skin conditions of the pet to ensure a safe implantation.

Small devices, in the form of GPS trackers, have been proven to provide greater advantages and little or no health hazards for pets and that is why a GPS tracker for pets is also the first choice of pet owners for a reliable and easy tracking of their pets. Such trackers are available in compact designs and sleek structures that are small and very easy to be mounted on the collar of your dog. It would not cause any disturbance to your dog and will function to provide you a complete tracking of your pet regarding where it goes and how long it has travelled.