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Pet Microchip vs. Bluetooth LE: Which is Best?

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Most pet owners want their dogs and cats to have an extra layer of protection in case they ever get lost or escape from home. Many people choose a GPS pet tracker, but there are some who prefer to avoid GPS due to its potential radiation risks–in addition to its higher cost.

So if you’re avoiding using a GPS tracker for your pet, what are your options? 

Microchips and tags equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) offer some protection for pets who go missing. Let’s look at some specifics and compare the two.

Microchipping Your Pet

Although many people consider a pet microchip to be a pet tracker, it’s actually not a tracking device at all. Instead, it’s a tiny glass capsule the size of a rice grain that is inserted under your pet’s skin. Microchips hold your information so that when your lost pet is found, a vet or a shelter can access your contact information. 

Unfortunately, microchips can’t tell you anything about your pet’s location in real-time. They depend wholly on your pet being found by someone who can scan the microchip and get in touch with you. 

One of the biggest problems with microchipping is that your pet could be gone for weeks or even months before they’re found. That is, potentially, an incredibly long time to have little to no information about where your pet is, or if they’re safe. 

Using a Bluetooth Low Energy Tag 

Bluetooth LE technology can be used in pet ID tags to help owners locate them when they go missing. Huan Smart Tags utilize this type of Bluetooth connection, which is safe for your pet and only needs a replacement battery about once every 12 months (does not require charging). 

The Bluetooth in our Smart Tags doesn’t function exactly like a location-tracking GPS device. Instead, it emits a low signal when a lost pet comes near a Huan sensor or app user. Your main advantage here is that your pet is likely to be detected away from home (or away from you) in less time than it might take for a caregiver to scan a microchip. 

Huan Smart Tags are detectable by sensors and app users when within a 300-foot radius of your pet. If you’ve built a community of app users and a sensor network in your town, you’ll be alerted as soon as your pet gets near one of those devices. And if your pet is detected fairly close to home, chances are good that you or someone you know can locate and bring them home. 

Another advantage of using Huan Bluetooth tags is that your personal information isn’t readily accessible by other app users. While you can use the app to connect with a person who has found your lost pet, they can’t access details like your name or address. We pride ourselves on creating a product that not only protects your pet, but also your data. 

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, both microchips and Bluetooth tags are useful tools for protecting your pet. You might consider combining both technologies for an added layer of protection. Both options help to reunite pets with their families and neither do harm to your beloved best friends. 

Click the button below to learn more about Huan tags, our app, and our advanced Sensor Network. 

Are you considering a microchip or Bluetooth Smart Tag like Huan for your pet? Let us know in the comments!

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