Preparing a Bug Out Bag (BOB) For Your Dog

by CorreenK

Planning ahead, with your dog in mind, should you and your family be faced with an emergency! Everything you need to know about preparing a dog-friendly bug out bag.

Most emergencies happen with just a moments notice, so it is vital to include your dog in preparedness by having a plan, as well as a bug out bag filled and ready to go!

On this page you are going to learn the basic strategies for preparing your dog for unexpected man-made or natural events and emergencies.

Awareness and preparedness helps to relieve the stress people, as well as animals feel in any given emergency situation.

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What is a Bug Out Bag?

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Preparing a Bug Out Bag for Your Dog



A bug out bag or BOB is a kit filled with supplies that will help you survive an emergency evacuation situation. recommends "food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours".

Don't Forget a BOB For Your Dog!

Put one together today

Why You Should Prepare a Bug Out Bag For Your Dog

Our dog is included in our emergency bug out plan!

1. Preparing in advance for a natural or man-made disaster should also include having a bug out bag for your dog readily available. In an emergency situation it will make a huge difference in how fast your family can move out and onto safety.

No one wants the added stress of leaving their beloved dog behind or without the resources to survive!

2. Peace of mind goes a long way. Think about it! When you are prepared with all the papers and receipts needed for the yearly taxes or all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed in your new business plan there is a sense of relief that things will fall into place easier, snags in your plan will be a breeze to deal with.

Don't you agree a family disaster plan that includes a bug out bag (BOB) for your dog is a must?

3. It's not unrealistic to think that bad things happen to good people and communities. Knowing that, not having to go through last-minute freaking out, is only going to benefit the bug out plan that includes your dog.

Dogs are especially intuitive...they will feel and react to stress and chaos!

Backpacks for Your Dog

Size it just right for your dog
Kyjen Dog Backpack
EzyDog Summit Dog Backpack


ID your dog just in case you get separated in an emergency! 

A visual collar tag is quickest for ID'ing - microchip and/or a pet tattoo take recovering your dog to another level.

Basic List of Things Needed in Your Dog's Bug Out Bag

Tweak it for your dogs needs
  • 3 to 7 day supply of dog food. Portion into bags (vacuum seal if possible) and write the package date so you know when to rotate out packs as needed. You can opt to pack cans of wet dog food. Just be mindful of weight
  • 1 liter bottles of water; each equals a little over 33 ounces. Your dog needs approximately one ounce of water per pound each day; more on hotter days. Sealed bottles are best because they stay fresh longer in a grab and go BOB.
  • Lightweight food and water dishes. Wash and save food safe containers with lids to add to the pack.
  • An extra collar and leash. If you don't need it someone else's dog just might, although you shouldn't be in too much of a hurry to give it away in an emergency situation.
  • Up to a weeks worth of your dogs medications.
  • Current vet records and a photo of your dog.

Is Your Dog Going to Carry Their Own Bug Out Bag?

Weight recommendations and easy formula

Preparing an emergency bug out bag for your dogYour dog should not carry more than 25 – 30% of their body weight in their dog pack.

Example: If your dog weighs 110 pounds, like ours does, here is how to figure out how much they can carry…

110 lbs x .25 = 27.5

110 lbs x .30 = 33

By using this simple formula, I’ve figured out that my dog can comfortably and safely carry 27.5 to 33 pounds in his own backpack.

Side note: Sneak in a math lesson...have your kids figure out how much your dog can carry by using this simple formula. 

Preparing for Emergencies When You Have Pets

Links to more information

Pet And Animal Sheltering Complicates Emergency Readiness
If you watched some of last month's coverage of Superstorm Sandy, you probably saw rescues of people who refused to evacuate. Many stayed behind, despite the danger, to be with their pets.

Preparing a Plan for Your Pet
In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored.

Preparedness Considerations for the Pets, Livestock, and Animals in Our Homes and in Our Lives
From the home to the farm, pets, livestock, and animals are an important part of our lives. However, when it comes to preparing for disasters, they can pose some unique challenges and it's important that they are included in emergency and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

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Important Note...

If you and your family need to seek public shelter in an emergency, it is important to know in advance that animals may not be allowed inside.

Check with your emergency preparedness team to find out details about the plans for your area.

In Closing...

CorreenKIt fills me with joy to share the different ideas I'm whipping up in my head. Besides the articles here, I'm also growing my online presence and passion for cooking over at

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Updated: 11/26/2014, CorreenK
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Have You Prepared a Bug Out Bag for Your Dog?

CruiseReady on 07/02/2015

Thanks! a mild season is predicted, but as everyone knows, if there's only ONE in a given season, and that one hits your area, it's a bad season for you.

CorreenK on 07/02/2015

@CruiseReady you are welcome. Keeping my fingers crossed you and yours stay safe and that any hurricanes stay far, far away!

CruiseReady on 06/29/2015

Thanks for the reminder I need to put some things together for my cat, especially since hurricane season has officially started.

CorreenK on 11/25/2014

Emergencies are sneaky @RuthCox. Thanks for reading up about how to get your dog in on the family action plan!

RuthCox on 11/25/2014

Excellent advice for emergency preparedness for my dog, as well as a reminder for myself to be prepared for emergencies, because yes, they do sneak up!

CorreenK on 09/11/2014

@mark thank you and @nightbear appreciate you stopping by today.

nightbear on 09/10/2014

You absolutely must be prepared. Great suggestions for a BOB! LOL I love that...Bob.

mark on 09/10/2014

Great job very informative

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