Pet Considerations in Survival

You have probably spent a lot of time thinking about how you will survive an emergency situation. If you have been studying, you have probably also done a lot training in the field as well and have hopefully included each member of your family. Are you sure you haven’t forgotten anybody? What about Fido or Fluffy? Have you thought about what you will do with your pet in an emergency survival situation?

If you have not considered this issue, now is the time to do so. During a survival situation, you will be forced to make hundreds of quick decisions that will impact your life. The last thing you need to worry about is if you will leave your family pet behind or take them along with you. Obviously, many people consider a pet a part of the family and struggling with that decision during a stressful time would be extremely difficult.

Here are a few things you need to consider before you make a final decision. The first list would be why you should keep the pet.

  • They offer comfort and companionship in an uncertain time.
  • Can act as a security alarm for you. Animals are able to hear and smell things before humans can and can alert you to any trouble headed your way. They may also be able to deter anything that attempts to harm you, man or animal.
  • Warmth is another major benefit. Snuggling up with Fido can help keep you warm in a cold weather situation.
  • They could be a big help in hunting.

Reasons you may not want to keep your pet with you are as follows:

  • Your pet is another mouth to feed and water. When things are tight, could you split your resources with your furry friend? This is a very real possibility and you need to think about it today, rather than in the heat of the moment.
  • An animal that doesn’t obey could be a liability for you. You cannot afford to be chasing after a wayward pet.

As you can see, there are certainly more reasons to keep the animal with you than to abandon it. With that said, you can take steps to make sure your pet will be beneficial to your survival plan. Teach him to hunt now and get a handle on his behavior.

Craig Caudill is an outdoor enthusiast who teaches what to put into and more importantly how to use the items in your bug out backpack for Dan’s Depot. You can watch his free training videos here. He also is the chief instructor at his Nature Reliance School.

One thought on “Pet Considerations in Survival

  • September 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I have two cats and I dread thinking about what would happen to them in a disaster. Having a dog walk with you is one thing, carrying two cat carriers is another.


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