Can you put a GPS chip in your dog?

But remember, the common microchip for dogs does not contain GPS technology and you won’t be able to track your dog with it. On the other hand, you can buy a GPS dog tracker for $49 + subscription fee and track your dog anywhere, anytime.

Perhaps you’ve heard of GPS for dogs under the skin, but it’s not actually a functioning gadget. It shows two different but comparable types of tracking products for our canine companions.

Reason 1: Size

Tractive’s GPS dog tracker measures roughly 72 by 29 by 16 millimeters and weighs about 30 grams. The GPS tracker’s dimensions are shown below; they can be easily attached to your dog’s collar or harness.

GPS trackers are small, light, and comfortable for your dog to wear at all times, similar to how you would wear a regular or smartwatch.

In contrast, an implantable ID chip or transponder is roughly the size of a grain of rice at 11 millimeters long and 2 millimeters thick. They can be securely implanted between your dog’s shoulders at this size. As seen in the x-ray image below, it is a straightforward electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder:

Why do GPS trackers and implantable chips have different sizes?

Other than providing an ID number that can be linked to your pet, current implantable chips do not have any features or information about your pet. They contain no GPS hardware components or technology.

The primary reason why GPS devices cannot currently be implanted into dogs is explained by this fundamental distinction between implantable chips and GPS trackers.

What is a GPS implant for dogs exactly?

Every month, people all over the world frequently search for the term “GPS implant for dogs” in search engines. There are dog owners everywhere who are curious if such a product exists to enable them to keep their furry friend by their side.

Let’s take a closer look at this phrase: “A GPS implant for dogs,” to see what it actually is:

  • GPS – short for Global Positioning System: a technology which tells you where you are on earth at any given moment¹
  • implant – something which has been put into the body in a medical operation²
  • for dogs – for our favorite canine friends.
  • So is it currently possible to implant GPS or another Global Positioning System-based device into our furry friends?

    GPS for dogs under the skin, does it really exist?

    The term “under-the-crotch GPS” refers to two different tools, both of which are useful for tracking our four-legged friend, but there is no such thing as an under-the-crotch GPS. There is some misunderstanding about this, but GPS can’t be implanted under the skin; it is a useful tool for tracking your friend.

    Can you put a GPS chip in your dog?


    How much does it cost to GPS chip a dog?

    On their back, in the area between their shoulder blades, the chip is injected beneath the skin. It won’t become active until your pet needs to be identified. A pet can be microchipped for anywhere between $20 and $75, including registration.

    Can you put a chip in a dog to track it?

    Each microchip, which carries a distinct number, is implanted beneath the skin of your pet. This number can be found by a scanning device, and a pet recovery database will link it to your contact information.