If you have pets, you need to plan for their needs, especially if there is a chance you’ll need to seek shelter elsewhere due to bugging out.
Our pets have come to rely on us to provide for their needs. Don’t let them down by not planning ahead.
First off, you need to ensure you have adequate food and clean water for them. Obviously the amounts will differ depending on the types, size and number of your pets. For a good-sized dog, like a German Shepherd, figure about a gallon of water per day. As for food, if you’ve had your pet for any length of time, you should have a good idea how much food they need on a daily basis.
For common household pets like cats and dogs, please do not count on just giving them scraps from your own meals and figure that will be plenty. Odds are, you’ll be wiping your own plate clean and there won’t be much of any leftovers.
Next up is the gear you’ll need for transportation. Leashes and muzzles will be required as well as crates for smaller animals. If you can manage to find a community shelter that will allow pets, they won’t be allowed in without those items. You should also have a copy of each pet’s complete immunization record so you can prove each animal has had required shots.
If your pet takes any type of medication on a regular basis, whether a prescription or just daily vitamins, be sure to have a supply stashed with the other pet gear.
Larger animals can probably carry at least some of their own supplies in doggie backpacks. These are a great investment as it helps to cut down the weight on your own back. Another wise purchase is a collapsible water bowl. For animals that will be walking during the bug out, consider purchasing slip on boots for their feet. In many disasters, broken glass and other debris will be littering the sidewalks and streets. You certainly don’t want to be walking around in bare feet and neither should your pets.
You should also have in your own kit recent photos of you with your pets. This will go a long way toward proving ownership should you and your pet get separated.