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Petco Partners with Dan + Shay to Share Tips on a Successful Summer Road Trip
America's favorite country music duo share important pet-friendly travel tips

SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum selling country music duo Dan + Shay are experts on traveling the open road. Now on tour, the vocalist and songwriting pair love to take their pets along for the ride and with summer unofficially upon us, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney partnered with Petco to share travel tips to help pet parents make their summer road trip a safe and comfortable experience.   

"When we're on tour traveling city-to-city, the open road is a place for hours of conversation, playing music, having fun and most importantly, keeping our dogs healthy and happy," said Smyers.

"We love taking our dogs with us on the road, so it's worth a little extra planning time to make sure we're creating a pet-friendly environment that will keep the dogs loving the adventure as much as we do," continued Mooney.

Keep furry family members top-of-mind for summer travel and consider these travel tips from the experts at Petco and seasoned road warriors, Dan + Shay.

  • Before you hit the road, get packing: Packing must-have travel supplies will make road tripping with pets stress-free. Include an appropriate-sized leash and collar, bottled water, sealed pet food and treats, feeding bowls, your pet's favorite toys and plastic bags for picking up after your pet. Dan + Shay make many stops with their dogs in all types of environments while on tour. Petco recommends keeping dogs fresh in-between baths by using wipes and sprays that make it easy to clean and store, like Well & Good Cucumber Melon Deodorizing Dog Wipes and Well & Good Papaya & Honey Deodorizing Dog Spray. Make feeding on the go a breeze with Good2Go 2-in-1 Traveler Dog Food Container and the Good2Go Collapsible Silicone Pet Travel Bowl. For those traveling with a cat, pack a disposable litter box, cat harness and leash.
  • Check and organize your pet's documentation: Securely fasten your pet's ID tag, with their name, your name and cell phone number; and their current rabies tag to their collar and crate while traveling. Pack certificates verifying your pet's vaccines and a current photo of your pet in the event you get separated, but remember that microchipping your pet can ensure a speedy reunion. Microchip details should be checked at least once a year to make sure your contact information is up-to-date.
  • Keep pets safe and secure: Pet parents aren't the only ones who need to buckle up – pets do too! Pets who aren't secured in a properly-sized crate or buckled up in the backseat may cause distractions and an accident. Like Dan + Shay's tour bus, consider your pet's carrier their own little RV. Giving pets their own dedicated space will give them comfort, which is especially important in unfamiliar locations. For dogs who don't travel in crates, the Good2Go Booster Dog Car Seat and the Good2Go Safe & Hound Easy Click Seat Belt Adapter are a must for pups who ride in the back seat.
  • Keep Fido calm and carry on: Dan + Shay know that traveling can be stressful for Chief, Joy, Ghost and Pippa so to keep them as calm as possible they make sure to stop every four to six hours so the pups can stretch their legs, play, take a restroom break and get some food and water. Petco recommends packing products to help your pet feel at ease, like NaturVet Calming Chews, and your pet's favorite bed and blanket, since familiar scents can help comfort your pet. If time allows, train your pet to endure the long trip by gradually building up their tolerance for longer car rides and increase the distance over time.

Once you've taken the time to prepare your pet for the journey ahead, kick back, relax and enjoy making memories together on the open road. For more products, treats, toys and accessories to make your pet's summer travel safe and stress-free, you can visit Petco.com and Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores nationwide.

For more summer content from Petco, visit Facebook.com/Petco, Twitter.com/Petco or Instagram.com/Petco. Check out the community.petco.com for more tips on pet travel safety.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $185 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.

About Dan + Shay
Dan + Shay's sophomore album Obsessed, featuring current Top 5-and-climbing single "How Not To," debuted earlier this year and follows their 2014 Where It All Began, which made them the first new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums Chart. The album included the debut single, "19 You + Me," which earned RIAA Platinum certification, as well as their first No. 1 single, "Nothin' Like You." Racking up more than 71 million YouTube views, the pair has impressively sold more than 2.6 million digital tracks and more than 760,000 album equivalents to date, including 360 million streams. Their first single off Obsessed, "From The Ground Up" earned RIAA Platinum certification and marked their second to hit the top of the charts. They have earned four consecutive nominations for both ACM Vocal Duo of the Year and CMA's Vocal Duo of the Year award as well as nods for an American Country Count-down Awards, CMT Awards, and Radio Disney Music Awards.


Megan Oxford, megan.oxford@petco.com

Emily Erskine, emily.erskine@edelman.com


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