Pet Preparedness and what you should know!
Pet Preparedness and what you should know! This is one of those subjects that I really feel like people don’t spend enough time thinking about and they really should. In today’s post, we are going to look at creating a bug out bag for your pet as well as things to consider adding to your preps for when SHTF comes and you need to take care of your furry friend. Let’s get started folks!
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to bugging out with your pet, and a lot of it depends on their size and what exactly they are. For example, If you are bugging out with a Labrador Retriever, then you could probably put them on a leash and let them run beside you while bugging out. However, if your pet is a Chihuahua or a cat, then the needs change. I tried walking a cat on a leash once and the hair still hasn’t grown back on my leg! I do not recommend it at all. In a case like that, you may want to consider carrying them in your B.O.B. for practicality reasons. You may want to consider sedating them as well. Some animals are very nervous and can even hyperventilate if they get too over stressed. Trust me you just haven’t lived until you have seen a little dog start hyperventilating because they are scared. When you are bugging out, you really need to be worried about what is going on around you and not if the dog or cat is going to make it another mile!
Now I know that some of you may be considering just letting your pets go in the wild to fend for themselves, but personally I would discourage you from doing that. I know they are animals and should be able to fend for themselves, unfortunately that is not always the case. If animals have never been in the wild, they just wont know how to hunt and would eventually starve to death. That is just cruel and I would ask you not to do it to a helpless animal. If you can’t take them with you, then just put them down and be done with it. Larger animals like some dogs if left to the wild to fend for themselves will form hunting packs and could eventually pose a danger to children and other humans in the future. Believe me, the last thing you will want to be worrying about in the future when you are out hunting is whether or not you will be attacked by a pack of wild dogs while on the way home from hunting. Humans will be bad enough and you just don’t need the competition when it comes to hunting for food in a survival situation. Take the time now to prepare now to take care of your furry friends when the time comes.
The first thing you need to do is to sit down and decide whether or not you can realistically bring your pet with you. The sad truth is that not all animals are suited for travel and you may need to make some hard choices now rather than later. I truly hope this is not the case for you and you can bring them with you. I know I will be bringing my dog with me, after that cat thing, I just never have warmed back up to cats… to say the least. Here is what I will be putting in my dogs bug out bag for when the time comes. Again, you will need to adapt this to what ever type and size dog (or other pet) you are bringing with you.
- Water for 72 hours – Like humans, your pet will need water as well, so prepare to have some just in case you can’t find any on the trail. Don’t forget to bring a collapsible water bowl for them to drink out of on the way.
- One weeks worth dried food – This would be a minimum I would think. Now if you are bringing a hunting dog then you, you may want to bring a little more so he doesn’t eat everything you kill. It would be just my luck to kill a rabbit and have my dog eat it before I can get to it.
- Proof of ownership of the animal as well as proof of vaccination that it has had. This is very important and you should always keep a copy of these in your pet’s bug out bag. If you do not have them and you are caught by authorities they may require that the animal be put down for public safety reasons. It would be easier to just keep the records with you.
- Collar and ID tags that prove it is the animal on the vaccination papers. Don’t forget their leashes and some paracord so you can allow them to walk around when you need to and to tie them up for some reason.
- Pet bed, clean blanket or towel are other good items to add to your pet’s but out bag.
- Pet toys that your pet Is used to. Animals get stressed just like humans and having a familiar toy to play with can go a long way towards making them feel better.
- If your pet takes any type of medication then you will need to bring it in their bag as well.
- Grooming supplies like brush, nail trimmer, etc. are other items that you will want to add along with any flea and tick spray you may like. Depending on the time of year, this could be a real life saver for both you and your pet.
- Pet first aid kit – You can buy these premade or you can make your own, but in any case it is important to have one with you when you bug out.
Now I know that there are other things that could be added to this bag and I have touched on the main items that you will want to have. You can also buy Pet survival packs if you want. I know that I love my dog and I want him to be around for a long time. For that reason, I want to be sure that he is well taken care of when the time comes. I’m sure that you probably feel the same way about yours and only want the best for them. Take the time now and create a bug out bag for them. You will be glad that you did. Well that is it for today’s post and I hope I may have given you something to think about that will help you when the time comes and SHTF hits. Until next time, keep on prepping!