How to Prepare Your Dog for Survival

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

7 Responses

  1. SAA2 says:

    I’ve read that dog food wasn’t even invented or didn’t come into widespread use until after WWII. Our latest dog (we get lifetime dogs so have only had 3) routinely stole chicken bones and was never the worse for it. That dog ate plenty of Purina but also daily scraps.

    Our vet recently adopted that big hound was because he wouldn’t have done well at the homestead we are moving to. He was blind and epileptic and old, and hated the property. The only way to get him outside was with leash and collar. But man, was he ever a ferocious, terrifying barker! He will gently live out his days as the mascot clinic dog, a place he has loved for years.

    Very useful article advocating the feeding of human food. I’ve maintained for a long time that dog feeding advice is from big dog food companies, looking out for their bottom line. Similar to Big Pharma giving health and medicine advice. Flu shot anyone?

  2. Jack says:

    My observation from six years in the Philippines: Fido and all his feline friends will become lunch during a protracted emergency. Store bought dog food,,, you have got to be kidding. I have looked at the thin selection of “pet food” at a large supermarket. Trust me, westerners, especially from the US will shake their heads in disbelief at the price of these imported products. These items really are only for the Shih Tzu and other small breeds. Even then, most folks do NOT purchase high price imported pet food. Same with cats, store-bought only for a few high-class breeds. I get a lot of strange looks from visitors to my home when they see me mix up a batch of cat food for my two furry friends. Leftover brown rice and cans of 555 brand sardines in natural oil mixed up well. A tomato paste size (5.5 ounces) can is P16 or about .29 1/2 cents USD. Many folks can not believe I feed real “human food” to “street cats.” Homemade is far and away less expensive than commercial food. I do not believe in reincarnation but if it were true, I would NEVER want to come back as a dog or cat in this region.

  3. runnamuck says:

    I get my dog food the same place I get my cow food the local feed store,i compared my dog food to blue buffalo aned mine had corn meal every thing else was the same I pay $24 for a 50 pound bag feed stores sell cat food also

  4. Linda S says:

    I make my own dog & cat food. Of course that’s easier with small dogs. I put ground turkey or lean ground beef in the crock pot with some carrots or small chunks of sweet potatoes & cook on l ow. When I cook rice or oatmeal for family I make extra & refrigerate to add to dog’s food. I also make bone broth for all of us. I don’t feed bones because my dogs are small. I add scrambled or boiled eggs a few times a week. I make treats from ground oatmeal, peanut butter & banana that are baked then stored. My kids claim I never fed them so carefully but they all survived into adulthood & I tell them I like the dogs better. Lol

  5. BDN says:

    Ivermectrin Can be given to Collies and the breeds listed as ones to avoid that drug. The original tests for usage in dogs gave the equivalent of a full horse or cow dose.., as in, an 1000 to 2000 lb. animal dose to adult dogs weighing 50 to 100 lbs.,. This info was from my veterinarian many many years ago. I used Ivermectrin since 1980’s for my Collies and any other breeds we acquired without problems.

    All dogs need to be trained to at least walk on a leash without dragging the handler, learn to potty in different surroundings, eat and drink from different containers and in different surroundings.

    Years ago I had a professional handler tell stories of pampered pooches who refused to eat, drink or potty on show circuits because they had always eaten in the same spot in the kitchen, had water from the same bowl and always taken care of business in two spots in the yard or patio. Yes, dogs are pretty adaptable and will make the necessary changes in routine. But why not address these issues now and get them busy accepting different things now?

  6. patientmomma says:

    I currently have 11 dogs and 4 cats, which are all rescues or throw-away animals. Yes, I do live on a farm. City people bring their animals out in the country on a back road and dump them; some of the animals find their way to my farm. Once I get them I have them fixed and given a rabies shot. I have learned how to treat everything else here on the farm. I get my animals food and meds at the local feed store or online and have had good success in treating dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and pigs.

    I currently purchase dry dog food for most of my animals but I keep oats and corn stored in 55-gallon barrels for emergencies as every animal on the farm will eat them in some form. For my oldest dogs which have very sensitive stomachs I make a special diet of fish oil, vitamins and herbs mixed with ground chicken and rice simmered in bone broth. This can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen.

    The only way we would pack up and leave would be for a wild fire, which rarely happens in our neck of the woods.

  7. AXELSTEVE says:

    We are down to 2 dogs now.

    R.i.p. Brutus my dear friend. We feed them Blue diamond and throw in a big bag of Beniful when we are watching the wild fires. We would rather have too much than not enough. That way we have food for other dogs too.