When disaster strikes, taking care of your family, both two-legged and four-legged, is often the first priority. While many people store food, build a reserve of cash and keep first aid and emergency essentials on hand, supplies for the dog are easy to forget. Food is just one part of a dog's emergency kit, but it's a very important one! Prepare and select your dog's emergency food rations carefully to ensure safety, usability and nutritional value when you need them most.
Mayday Industries manufacturers a complete and balanced dog food specially packaged for use in an emergency. It boasts a five-year shelf life and vacuum-seal packaging. Ingredients include, among others, yellow corn, meat and bone meal, chicken byproducts, brewers rice and soybean meal. Each sealed pouch contains enough food to sustain an average-sized dog for one day. Not only are these food packs excellent for inclusion in 72-hour packs, bug-out bags or emergency kits, they're perfect for long-term storage as well. Mayday emergency dog food can be purchased in bulk.
ER Dog Food is a name-brand food formulated for all canine life stages. It meets AAFCO nutrient profiles and one 8-ounce pouch provides all necessary vitamins and minerals for an average-sized dog for three days. Additional calories or extra servings may be necessary to help your pooch maintain a healthy weight. ER emergency pet rations are hermetically vacuum sealed and shelf-stable for five years. Additionally, the packaging meets military specifications for a waterproof, vapor-proof, heat-stable material. According to QuakeKare customer support, top ingredients include corn, wheat, chicken meal, meat byproducts and animal fat.
Dehydrated and freeze-dried foods such as Sojos, Honest Kitchen and NRG, make excellent emergency dog-food packs. Not only do many of these foods contain all-natural ingredients, most are pretty high-calorie. Some of the NRG formulas pack a whopping 600 calories or more per cup! For some dogs, that's an entire day's worth of food. Lots of dehydrated and freeze-dried dogs foods come in shelf-stable packaging and can be stored as-is. If a container must be opened, it's best to re-seal the food for storage or inclusion in an emergency pack. Consider vacuum-packing daily dry portions, making the food and canning it for long-term storage or baking the food into "K9 meal bars" and vacuum-sealing the bars.
Unfortunately, once opened, dry dog food isn't shelf stable and can go rancid in a matter of weeks. Even food that's in unopened bags only has a shelf life of a few months. Including your dog's regular dry food in an emergency kit is only feasible if you rotate the food on a regular basis so fresh food is continually being placed in the kit or in storage and your dog is eating the older food.
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