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The Best Pet Tracking Devices of 2016

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One of a pet owner’s worst nightmares is to have their pet run out the door and not be able to catch them. After all, 1 in 3 pets go missing in their lifetime. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to track them on a GPS device, just in case this ever happens? We have looked into some pet trackers and came up with a list of the top 3 we found:

 

#1
Pod 2 GPS Pet Tracker
www.podtrackers.com

The Pod 2 GPS & Wifi Pet Tracker offers everything you could want to track your pet’s whereabouts. Using the internet on your computer or phone’s browser, track your pet in real-time. Find out if your pet is indoors or out at the push of a button. Ideal for dogs and cats. See where your cat roams with the adventure recording feature that tracks up to 8 hours their secret adventure. We love that the activity monitor tracks your pet’s health and fitness activities for the day (rest, walk, run). Set a virtual fence around your property, and if your pet escapes, you will receive a Pod Alert to let you know.

Pros:
-Real-time tracking, indoors or out
-Define a virtual fence
-Activity tracking (rest, walk, run)
-Adventure recording, 8hrs
-Great for dogs and cats
-Lightweight 1 oz. (29g)
-Fits all collars
-Waterproof (submersible IPX7)
-Removable battery
-Coverage in 175 countries
-1-year free subscription

Cons:
-Cost
-Subscription required

Price: $199 (includes 1-yr free subscription)
Subscription Cost: After first year, $49/year annual renewal
Warranty: 1 yr with a 30-day money-back guarantee
Battery Life: Up to 5 days, depending on usage
Dimensions: 2” (50.5mm) L x 0.9” (23mm) D
Weight: 1 oz. (29g)

 

 #2
Tractive GPS Pet Tracker
www.tractive.com
 
In addition to tracking your pets, this tracker can be attached to anything else you’d like to track: kids, cars, suitcases, etc. We also like the lower cost of this tracker. Although a subscription is required, there are two plans to choose from, depending on your needs. This GPS tracker allows you to share your tracker with anyone on the Tractive GPS app (Premium Plan). You can also find your pet in the dark with its integrated light. The tracking history is also great on this device (24 hrs).

Pros:
-Cost
-Real-time tracking
-Define a virtual fence
-Integrated light
-Battery status indicated in Tractive app
-Low battery reminders in Tractive app
-Lightweight 1.23oz. (35g)
-Fits all collars (2 clip sizes for big and small dogs)
-Available in 3 colors: white, camo, hot pink with Swarovski crystals
-Waterproof (submersible IPX7)
-Coverage in 80 countries

Cons:
-No specific activity tracking
-GPS tracking only (no indoor locating)
-Subscription required
-Not for pets under 9 lbs.
-Batteries are not removable

Price: $99.99
Subscription Cost: $6.99/month basic plan, $9.99/month premium plan (you can save more if you do choose the annual or biennial billing option)
Warranty: 1 yr with a 14-day money-back guarantee
Battery Life: Up to 5 days, depending on usage
Dimensions: 2” (51mm) L x 1.61” (41mm) W x 0.59” (15mm) H
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35g)


#3
The Paw Tracker
www.thepawtracker.com

This GPS & Wi-fi tracking device is the most stylish of all trackers, with a cute paw print design. It is available in gold, silver, or blue. We like that it is shockproof, making it perfect for use with invisible fences. While specifically designed for dogs and cats, it has many other uses. With your ability to download an 8-hour location history, you can stash it in your teen’s car to track their whereabouts. Attach it to your child’s backpack to see what time they get home from school.
 
Pros:
-Appearance
-Cost
-Real-time tracking, indoors or out
-Define a virtual fence
-8 Hr location tracking
-Low battery alert (battery level displayed in Paw Tracker app)
-Available in 3 colors (gold, silver, blue)
-Shockproof
-Great for dogs and cats
-Fits all collars
-Waterproof (ip66)
 
Cons:
-No specific activity tracking
-Subscription required
-Weight
-Size
-Batteries are not removable
-Works only in the US, Canada & Mexico
 
Price: $99.95
Subscription Cost: $9.95/month
Warranty: 1 yr with a 30-day money-back guarantee
Battery Life: Up to 5 days, depending on settings
Dimensions: 1.97” (50mm) L x 1.85” (47mm) W x .59” (15mm) H
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40g)




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