They are our constant companions. They are by our sides through thick and thin without judgment no matter if we are having a good day or a bad one. Their love is unconditional and in return, we do our best to protect them, too. That is why you know having a pet bug-out bag is as important as having one for yourself and your family.
Adding a couple of cans of dog food is acceptable, but consider the fact that like you, your dog will require extra calories. Carrying around too many cans will mean you having to carry around a lot of extra weight. Depending on the size of your dog, even a 3-day supply could be too much weight for your pack.
Freeze-dried kibble is an excellent alternative. It provides a lot of needed calories per weight, and there are options out there to look for a higher-quality kibble with excellent calorie-to-weight ratios.
Just like us, your dog will need fresh clean water. The best way to estimate how much water your dog will need, take the weight of your dog in pounds, and divide it by 8. This will be the amount of water needed per day in cups.
We recommend a canine first aid course if you're a prepper like us. Even if you never end up bugging out with your dog, a first aid course will come in handy for any emergencies. Many of the first aid supplies you have in your bug out bag already can be used for your canine companion if needed, but there are a few extras specifically for them you should consider.
- Monthly tick and a flea treatment. These pests will be a major problem with animals in emergencies.
- Sulfadene for treating skin abrasions, chaffing, or infections.
- Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds or to induce vomiting should your dog consume something poisonous.
- Flagyl (Metronidazole) is an antibiotic for dogs. It can be used for Giardia treatments and other waterborne diseases that your dog is susceptible to.
- Electrolytes can save your life if you are dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea and can do the same for your dog. Pack some extra electrolyte powders for your companion.
These are the bare minimum suggestions of course. Depending on your dog breed and where you might have to bug out, you might need to consider other options as well. Items like:
- Fitted saddlebag for dog
- Reflective dog vest
- Collapsible bowl
- Protective dog booties
- Sleeping pad or bed
- Favorite dog toy
- Raincoat, jacket, or sweater
Make sure your most loyal friends have everything they need to survive with pet bug-out bags so that you can worry about other things.