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17 Things To Put In Your Pet Survival Kit


17 Things To Put In Your Pet Survival KitWhen people get busy storing supplies, reading survival books, and practicing their skills, it’s easy for them to forget about their pets. But if a major disaster occurs, the last thing you want to do is stress out about finding food for Fido or treating Mr. Whisker’s fractured leg. You’ll want to make sure your pets are healthy and taken care of so you can concentrate on other things.

Most people assume they can just feed their pets human food if they have to, but that’s not always true. Animals have different nutritional needs, and foods that are okay for humans could make your pets sick. And there other considerations besides food, anyway. Here are a few things you should gather for them.

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1. Pet Food

Start with at least a two-week supply of food, then build from there. How long it lasts depends on what you get. Your pet food will last a lot longer if you buy the good stuff from a pet store and avoid the imported stuff found at places like Walmart.

Most dog and cat food is high in fat which means it will turn rancid after the “best by” date, so for long-term storage consider getting airtight containers and oxygen absorbers. Also, remember that canned food lasts longer than dry food.

2. Can Opener

You should have one of these for yourself, anyway. Just a reminder.

3. Food and Water Bowls

It’s good to have some extra food bowls, especially the collapsible kind that don’t take up much space.

4. Several Gallons of Water

Again, you should have this for yourself, but it wouldn’t hurt to set several gallons aside in addition to your regular drinking water. Pets need clean water, too.

5. Pet Treats and Supplements

Make sure you have enough to last several weeks. Believe it or not, a disaster scenario will stress your pets out as well, and having treats will make them feel like everything is normal. At least for a moment.

6. Waste Disposal System

This is particularly important for cats. Make sure you have plenty of litter, newspapers, a scoop, bleach, garbage bags and baking soda (for the smell).

7. Pet medications

Make sure you have enough pet medications stocked up to last far beyond your pet’s next vet appointment.

8. Dental Tools

For pets, the only thing you need is Petzlife spray. This stuff removes tartar and kills gingivitis.

9. Flea and Tick Treatment

Collars, sprays, and flea & tick shampoo.

10. Grooming Supplies

Brush, nail trimmers and other supplies for keeping pet fur under control.

11. Pet Clothes

Sweaters and boots for extremely cold climates. This is important if you have to bug out on foot.

12. Carriers and Leashes

You probably already have these, but an extra one of each can’t hurt.

13. Records and Documents

Gather all your vet health records and vaccination documents into one folder.

14. Pictures

Keep recent pictures of your pets in your pet survival kit in case they are lost and you need help finding them.

15. Collar

Make sure you attach a tag with name, address, and phone number. Also, check out this paracord collar for dogs.

16. Instructions

In case you need to give your pets away or have someone else take care of them, make a list of detailed instructions on how to care for each pet.

17. Toys

Keep your pets entertained. Chew toys for dogs and fake mice for cats can keep them busy for hours. Better yet, get a laser pointer for your cats.

Put all these things in a box next to your pet food. If you’d rather get a ready-made kit with even more items, they make them for cats and small dogs.

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  1. Matt M on March 16, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Make lost pet posters with your contact info, pet ID (microchip), and picture.
    Pet care instructions

  2. geni on March 14, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Rule of thumb for water storage for your dog…1/2 gallon per day.

  3. Cj on January 1, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Be careful with the neosporin make sure it DOESN’T have pain relief!

    • Genie on September 28, 2020 at 10:20 pm

      Why no pain relieving Neosporin??

  4. gcaverly on October 19, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Always good to care the essentials like ways to start fire out in the wildness. Water is always good as well. Medical care I would also include. Always things to pack and carry along.

  5. Patrick on July 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Loving this article! I have a German short-haired pointer named Bandit and he just doesn’t know when to quit. He loves to run, and sometimes his paws and nails take a beating, something as simple as crazy clue to seal a broken nail can do wonders. Especially since they can start bleeding SUPER fast. The paw wax called “Musher’s Secret” works extremely well for different environments, hot and cold, rough and smooth.

    • Genie on September 28, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      My middle daughter was on the swim team. She was a newbie and a substitute coast pointed at her and told her to jump in the shallow end of the pool. She cut her forehead badly and needed stitches and treatment from a plastic surgeon. Pretty ugly. Shortly after I took my youngest daughter out four wheeling. As she got out of the pickup the wind blew and whacked her across the same spot in her forehead. It tore open pretty badly. I knew I shouldn’t leave it open and bleeding until we got back to town so I dug through my glove box looking for that 1st aid kit I’d left there earlier. I couldn’t find it. I did find superglue though…I sat her back against the seat and wiped it as clean as possible and applied superglue to pull the wound together. It worked. When it healed her wound looked nice. No edges. No scar. My older daughter ended up with staple holes from the ER. Nuff said?

  6. Helen R. Holden on January 25, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I’m thinking that many dogs under stress will also be needing a muzzle.

  7. judiabbott on September 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Won’t need toy mice for Cat, we have plenty of the real ones!

  8. Tinker Young on August 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    First Aid Kit for pets. — Absorbent cotton-to help stop bleeding…Non-stinging wound wash-to cleanse wounds. Medical tape- haha I would use vet wrap. Tape is just mean. Gauze bandage rolls. Gauze pads to use as a compress. Sharp scissors with rounded safety tips. Tweezers to remove thorns, splinters and mostly ticks. Maybe get two pair. I have several.Antihistamine for insect bites. I don’t have this. But I’ve taken my dog to the vet for a wasp sting because her throat swelled. Cotton swabs to cleanse ears or to apply ointments. I use them a lot for eye meds.An extra collar with tags and leash. An extra copy of your pets medical records. Photos of your pets. (in case they’re lost)Your veterinarian’s name, address, phone number and emergency hours and number of another clinic you take him to. P.S. I got this list from an old magazine called Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I loved that magazine. It’s as good as All Animals. They’re both good. Peace & Love <3

    • alanz11 on August 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Wow, nice! Looks like you have everything you might need.

  9. Tinker Young on August 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I have a first aid kit for my pets. I know it has vet wrap in it and neosporin plus but i can’t remember what else. oh yeah, wound wash ………..and a bunch of other stuff. Let me see if I can find the list.

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