Building a Pet Bug-Out Bag
Do you have a pet bug-out bag for Fido? Pet preparedness is one step in your family readiness plan. While you may not be able to take the dog or cats to people shelters, you should not leave them behind either, in the event of natural disaster or evacuation. If you find friends or family members who can keep your family and your pets, you will want to be prepared. The more prepared you are, the less stress you will have even during a very stressful situation. Even when we take Chief with us on a day trip, we grab his pet bug-out bag. In the event that the day doesn’t go as planned, we have his needs covered.
Pet To-Go Bag – Packing the pet bug-out bag
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What should be included in the Pet Bug-Out bag for your cat or dog?
Luckily for us, the pets don’t need extra clothing! Think about everything that you use daily in the care of your pet.
Food dish and two to three days of dry or canned food
Water dish and water
Any medication the pet needs (replace yearly with fresh medication)
A copy of veterinary records, vaccination record and Rabies tag number.
leash or harness, training collar, soft muzzle
Favorite type of toy
Any grooming tools that your pet needs for daily care.
- With food and water, you might be thinking you’ll just buy some where ever you stay or you will just feed your pet people There are two potential problems that I see right away with this plan. One, you may not have a store open during a natural disaster. Two, feeding your pet some unfamiliar food may cause the pet to have an upset stomach. This is something no one wants but it would be even worse during a stressful time.
- Pack all the pet’s needs in a small duffle bag or tote bag and place it with the family’s preparedness materials. In the event of emergency or just when traveling with your pet, bring the pet bug-out bag along.
September is National Preparedness Month.
Keep reading to get to the giveaway for $100 Amazon gift card! You could use the money to prepare your ready bags and a pet bug-out bag for Fido!
Much information is available from Ready.Gov
Here’s a good article on pet preparedness. Caring for Animals.
Look at this video from Ready.gov