Prepping Tips: How To Prepare Your Dog (Or Cat) For Survival
By Mac Slavo
Your dog is most likely not going to be forgotten when the SHTF, so why not have a contingency plan for him? Your beloved pet might be able to help you get through a catastrophe, as long as you make plans in advance.
The most important factor to consider is water. If you have a well, you only need to have a method to get water from it in the event there is a power grid failure or malfunction. If you store your water, make sure you store extra for your four-legged friend. Dogs are often fine drinking water from a stream or a creek, and may not need as much as you think if a water source is readily available, but it is something to keep in mind.
Dog food will probably not be readily available if the country or globe is plunged into a primitive survivalist environment. So obviously, the basics of food and water should be dealt with first. You should stockpile canned dog food and kibble if you find it on sale. Oftentimes dollar stores a great place to find bulk, hugely discounted dog food. It won’t be premium-quality food, by any stretch of the imagination, but it will keep your dog alive when society is crumbling around you.
Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to store kibble for your dog or cat. Try to find a food-safe grain storage bin to keep out the rodents and save about a one year supply. This is handy for those who may want better quality dog food. Saving it in advance is the way to go!
But there’s one suggestion that I have found personally helpful. If you hunt and know how to kill your own food, you’ll have a leg up when the SHTF. Instead of tossing out that chewy hock (the bottom part of the elk or deer’s leg) save the meat and boil it. Dogs love this and as it approaches one year of being in the freezer during normal times, (it won’t keep forever) toss it in some boiling water with a little salt. Doing this is a simple way to help keep your dog fed and eliminate waste after a hunt. Any other part of the animal that is not fit for human consumption, such as some of the organs (dogs particularly like the liver), could be saved and prepared in a similar manner for your dog (or cat, to each their own.)
The Happy Prepper also suggests making your dog its own bug-out bag! Not only could that be a fun project, but it could help your furry friend and yourself if you wake up to a disaster.
This article was sourced from SHTFplan.com.