Often in prepping scenarios, we tend to have an “every man for himself” mentality. Even with family members or close friends, they're typically relied on to at least partially ready their own supplies.
However, one family member that can't prep for themselves is your pet! Dog, cat, or something else, they'll need you to keep them safe with the right supplies if SHTF.
One of the hardest SHTF situations to have a pet in would be while bugging out. You can't just carry around bulk amounts of their food and such, so they'll need their own bug out bag of the essentials. And this is just how to do it!
Here's a guide to making the perfect pet bug out bag, from the folks at Urban Survival Site.
How to Prepare a Dog’s Bug Out Bag
One benefit of preparing a bug out bag for a dog is that, if your dog is very big at all, it will be perfectly capable of carrying its own supplies. By purchasing a dog saddlebag and putting supplies in it, you can have a bug out bag that quickly and easily attaches to your dog’s back, saving you from having to carry its supplies as well as your own.
Since food and water are likely the heaviest items you will be packing in your dog’s bug out bag, you will need to take the weight distribution of these items into account. One easy way to do this with food is to separate the food out into multiple Ziploc bags and place an even number of them on each side of the saddlebag. If you happen to bring any canned dog food, make sure you have a can opener.
Once you’ve got dog food packed, next up is water. As mentioned, weight distribution with water is important as well. The easiest way to pack water in your dog’s bug out bag is to purchase large bottles of water and carry a couple of them in each side of the saddlebag. Obviously, only a large, strong dog can carry a lot of water. In most cases, you’ll want to find water and purify it. But in order for them to drink it you’ll need…
Collapsible Food and Water Bowls
You can feed your dog food off the ground and water out of your hand in a pinch, but food and water bowls are so much more convenient. If you buy these collapsible bowls then you’ll hardly add any weight to your dog’s bag.
Obviously, any medicines your dog is already taking will be important to include in the bug out bag. However, some medicines your dog doesn’t normally take will be good to bring along as well. For example, fleas and ticks may not normally be a concern, but if you are taking your dog out into a rural area, then you will want to have flea and tick medicine packed.
Extra Leash and Collar with ID Tags
If your dog is on a leash most of the time, you probably won’t lose it, but you never know. Plus, the leash or collar could be damaged or lost. Unless your dog is very well-trained, you should have extras on hand.
Pictures and Documents
In case your dog is lost, you’ll want a few good pictures that you can show to people. You should also make copies of your vet health records and vaccination documents in case the ones back at home are destroyed.
Bug out scenarios can be as stressful on your dog as they are on you. To help calm them down, it’s a good idea to bring along a few comfort items such as a chew toy, dog treats, and a brush.
Obviously, this kit best suits a dog, but with only a few adjustments, it could for any pet! As long as you keep these items in mind when pet prepping, you know your animal companion will be A-okay.
For more on pet bug out bags and other helpful prepping tips, please visit Urban Survival Site.
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