How an emerging trend -- pet technology -- is working to take your pet from 'lost' to 'found'

Los Angeles Times

It's a given that your pet has a chip designed to reunite you with your furry friend in case he or she goes missing. But sometimes that isn't enough -- such as if your pet goes missing in the middle of the night. That's where new pet technology comes in. "Pet owners consider their pets a family member, and you never want to have a family member get lost," said Tierra Bonaldi, a spokeswoman for the American Pet Products Assn. "Pet tracking devices help pets from getting lost in the first place, and found if they do get lost."

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If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. Every once in a while, my pudgy indoor cat goes through a phase where he thinks it would be cool to be outside. When he's in this adventurous mindset, he does everything possible to slip out the door under my feet. Most of the time, I can catch him before he gets out, but last week, he managed to wiggle away and make it into the great outdoors.

Whistle's latest pet tracker is more accurate with better battery life


If you own a pet, you've likely thought about your friend running away at least once. Technologies like microchipping can help get lost pets back, but in the last few years some companies have been using the same tech in our smartphones as a way to keep close tabs on pets. Whistle is probably the most prominent of those: The company first released a health and fitness tracking collar in 2013 and then added GPS capabilities so you can locate a pet from your phone. Today, the company is announcing its latest pet tracker, the Whistle 3. It has the same basic features as the previous model, but some hardware improvements make the battery last longer and help to make location tracking more precise. The Whistle 3 has onboard WiFi in addition to Bluetooth, GPS and 3G cellular data; you can use that to set up "home zones" for your pet.

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There's not much you can't do with a smartphone, so it should come as no surprise that yes, you can track your pet dog or cat with your smartphone. All you need is to kit your furry friend with a GPS locator, and you'll have peace of mind in the event that it makes a mad dash for the hills one day. There are quite a few pet trackers out there, but when it comes to dogs one that stands out from the rest is Whistle. Whistle is a collar-mounted GPS tracker that's waterproof to IP67 and incorporates a rechargeable battery that's good for 30 days. Whistle is also small, measuring only 1.5 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches, and weighs only 1.3 ounces.