Prepping 101: Prepping for Pets!

What happens to the pets when the SHTF?

If you’re a prepper, or a beginner prepper, then you’ve already thought about and planned for your needs when the zombies rise. But have you thought about your pets and what their needs will be? I love my dog, and my new kitten, so when the apocalypse happens, I want to give them a fighting chance at survival too.

For our shelter in place plan, I don’t think my pets need too much. I always buy 2 big bags of food when I go to the pet store to stock up. It makes it so I don’t have to go to the store as often, but it also provides me with a small stockpile of food for my pets. Hopefully if it was ever needed we’d be able to ration it to last a while. As for their water needs, we have a lake down the street from us. Now, I wouldn’t want my kids drinking that water, but I don’t think my pets will object too much to a little duck-poop flavored water.

But what if you have to leave? Have you considered what you’ll do with your pets? On the news you always see a story or two about the people who decide to leave their pets behind if they have to evacuate for a flood or storm or earthquake. But I don’t think I could do that. I think with the right prep and planning, our furry friends can be active partners in our emergency preparedness.

So I made a Doggy Go Bag! Oh, yes … I did.

On my last run to the pet store, I was on the hunt for a collapsible dog dish to put in the car for those days in the warm months when we’re out hiking with the dog and he gets thirsty. We’ve run into this problem before with bad planning and have had to poor water into our cupped hands to get our Indy Jones a needed drink. But I’d like to do better this year. I found the collapse dish I was looking for and right beside it was a doggy backpack! The wheels started turning and all I could see was a hiking bag/go bag for my pup! Perfect.

Inside my Doggy Go bag:

  1. Collapsible dish (Can be used for food or water.) Perhaps I should have two in there?
  2. Plastic bag full of food (Luckily dog and cat both like the same food, although we do provide them with both cat and dog specific varieties.)
  3. A tiny water bottle
  4. Leash with poop bag holder attached (In the apocalypse, I’m probably not going to worry about picking up after my dog, but plastic bags could come in handy!
  5. Quilted vest
  6. Doggy boots (Necessary for walking in our cold weather!)
  7. Medications
  8. First aid supplies (small amount)
  9. Vaccination paper work (I’m not sure why you’d need this, but if you have room, it couldn’t hurt to print out a copy and throw it in there.)
  10. Small animal carrier (if your pet is small, this may be an easier option for bringing them with you. Although you could try to put a leash on a cat or ferret but they may not like you very much.)
  11. Tie-out stake and rope (could also use Paracord. I hear that stuff is good for the apocalypse, but I don’t know why. Seems this might be a good use for some.)

I figure with this Doggy Go Bag, my pets would be set for at least 72 hours, which is all you can really ask for from a go bag. And you have to remember not to pack your Doggy Go Bag any heavier than your dog can actually carry. My dog could probably carry another small water bottle, but I wouldn’t want to push him any further than that. A big dog like a husky or a retriever could probably carry a much heavier bag than my little King Charles Cavalier. Be smart about how much you plan for your pooch to pack.

I’m sure this bag isn’t perfect, but at least it’s a start and I feel better knowing I have something ready to go at a moment’s notice. And during the warm months I think we’ll try using this bag when we go on our hikes so the dog will always have the supplies he needs with him.

Do you have an emergency plan in place for your pets? What have you included that I’ve forgotten? Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on prepping for pets.