Not one … not two … but three layers of pet safety. That’s what we recommend! Losing your pet while you’re traveling would be a nightmare. But if you take some precautions, you can improve your chances of recovering lost pets.

Ty the Shar-pei and Buster the German Shepherd from sitting on a rock near Palm Springs, CA



Pet ID Tags

The most significant danger your pet faces while traveling is getting lost. It can happen in so many ways! Pets slip their collars, leashes break, and dogs who ALWAYS come when called suddenly don’t.

It’s impossible to overemphasize the importance of your pet wearing an up-to-date ID tags. Ty and Buster wear dog tags for traveling pets that have:

New ID pet ID tag for Ty the dog from

I’m sure all of you have similar tags for your pets. The problem is, cats sometimes squirm out of their harnesses and dogs can slip their collars. Then they’re on the run with no visible form of identification.

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Posters Can Help In Recovering Lost Pets

The best thing you can do if your pet is lost without ID tags is to quickly blanket the area with posters. The more people looking for your pet, the better! Posters put locals on alert so they’ll keep an eye out for your pet and call you with any sighting. You can also take them to area animal shelters and veterinarians, and post an electronic copy to neighborhood message boards or social media groups.

The best time to create a poster is long before your pet is lost. Include all the basics, like your pet’s picture, your phone number, and any other details you’d want people to know. If your pet actually does go missing, you can add where he or she was last seen before printing and distributing the poster.

Buster - Lost Poster

Microchip Identification

The third layer of protection we have for Ty and Buster is microchips. These little electronic devices – about the size of a grain of rice – are embedded just under their skin between their shoulder blades.

Most shelters and veterinarians have a scanning device, and if the boys were lost without their collars, this is one way they could be identified. Of course, it’s important that the company monitoring your pet’s microchip has your current contact information. And ask your vet to check to see that your pet’s microchip is still working at his annual exam.


Microchips also have a tag for your pet’s collar. It has the phone number of the monitoring company as well as the unique identification number assigned to your dog’s device. Ty and Buster wear these tags on their collars with their ID tags so anyone who finds them knows they have a microchip.

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Nothing is more important than keeping Ty and Buster safe while we travel, and that’s why we’re prepared with three layers of protection. ID tags, lost pet posters, and microchips combine to cover any lost-dog scenario and give you the highest chance of recovering lost pets.

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