Pets are often an overlooked topic when it comes to prepping. In case you have to suddenly bug out somewhere or leave for a planned vacation, it is understandable that you will want to bring your loyal canine companion with you. However, you have to make sure that all your dog’s needs have first been taken into consideration. A sudden change in routine or location can put a lot of unnecessary stress on a dog. You can make your pet’s situation a lot more comfortable by preparing a kit with everything your dog will need. Here are a few things you should pack for your dog’s minimal emergency kit. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com.)
Your dog’s emergency kit should be like a canine equivalent of your own 72-hour kit or bug out bag. As such, you will need to pack at least 72 hours’ worth of dog food. Preferably, you should get canned dog food as it lasts longer than dry dog food. Keep your supply of dog food up to date as it can quickly go bad after the expiration date due to the typically high fat content of most dog foods.
Since you’ll be packing canned dog food anyway, you might as well bring a convenient can opener. This will make it easy for you to pop open a can of dog food at a moment’s notice.
Just as you have your own supply of clean, drinking water, your dog should have its own water supply as well. Make sure you have enough for both of you.
Food and water bowls
Collapsible food and water bowls don’t take up much space, so you don’t have to worry about bringing them everywhere.
Pet treats and supplements
A few pet treats every once in a while can help your dog feel more at home, no matter where you are. If you happen to be in a survival situation, pet supplements can also help keep your dog healthy.
Waste disposal system
For sanitation purposes, you will need to pack some dog duty bags. Alternatively, you can also use newspapers or garbage bags.
Chew toys, chew bones, and ropes are familiar items that can keep your dog entertained and reduce your dog’s stress levels. They can keep your dog preoccupied for hours on end and provide physical and mental stimulation. Without significant playtime activity, your dog may become restless and develop destructive behavior. (Related: Fitness trackers for dogs? New range of smart devices being designed to prevent your pet from becoming fat.)
Does your dog need any medication? What about flea and tick treatments? Make sure to bring everything you need to let your dog stay healthy.
Compile all your dog’s health records, taking special care to mention any chronic conditions your dog might have. Don’t forget to add the phone number of your dog’s veterinarian. This will come in handy in case you temporarily need to let someone else care for your dog.
Collar with tag, harness and leash
Your dog should already be wearing a collar with a dog tag identifying your name, address, and phone number in case your dog gets lost. At the same time, it is always good to pack an extra collar. You can also attach a dog harness and leash to prevent your dog from getting lost in the first place.
Picture of you and your pet together
If you and your dog do somehow get separated, this will make it much easier for you to search for and identify your dog.
You can manage your dog’s unruly fur by bringing a brush and other grooming supplies.
A pet carrier, pet bed, or crate can serve as your dog’s “safe place” while at an unfamiliar environment.
Blankets can provide extra warmth and comfort.
Learn more about taking care of your pet’s needs by going to PetHealthDaily.com.