This article was originally published in Issue 2 of our magazine.

In a recent survey conducted by American Pet Products Association, studies have revealed that roughly 83 million dogs are owned in the United States. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that pets have become an increasingly important extension of our families — and for some, their only family. The smiles they bring and the personalities they share have made them an integral and intimate part of the new family household and further studies reveal just how important they have become.

Further investigation by Kelton Research also reveals that there are blurred lines when it comes to dogs and children. Although humorous (and disconcerting at the same time) the studies show that many consider their dogs as equally important as their children. Needless to say, we can all understand the love of a pet, but even more powerful is the passing of one. While pets are often at the forefront of our minds during our daily routines, in many cases, they are an afterthought when it comes to emergency preparation.

Having a contingency plan that includes your pets is crucial to any pet owner, and it would be most beneficial to include them in any plan ahead of time. That said, be prepared to handle any canine emergencies by studying this buyer’s guide which was designed with your pets in mind.

From basic necessities like food and water, understanding the pedigree of your dog is crucial to determining the “hardiness zone” of your geographic area in order to truly understand what you’ll need. Take for instance, dogs with thicker coats (think Pomeranians and Chow Chows); even in the coldest of winters in a location such as Southern California, they do NOT need jackets. Whereas you may be cold, the thicker fur coats on dogs within these breeds acts like insulation to keep them warm. As a matter of fact, you can actually “overheat” the dog and potentially cause death or seizures, so again, understanding the conditions you might be facing because of different pedigrees will require different attention.

Another thing to keep in mind is that these products will help increase the chances of your pets surviving and sustaining, but you will also need to plan strategically if you need to leave your home in a crisis. In the event of major catastrophes, many will be forced to flee in search of shelter, but you have to keep in mind (and understand) that some shelters may not allow your pets inside. So plan in advance, stock up on the supplies you feel necessary for your pets, and have a game plan. You don’t want to have to plan that during the crisis itself, or even worse, after the crisis, when there will simply be no time or resources to be able to help your four-legged friend survive.

In addition to some of the topics we have discussed, as well as the many online resources you can peruse, you should also consider talking to your local veterinarian about pet needs in the event of an emergency. They can offer crucial advice on what supplies you should stock up on, as well as what unconventional methods you might be wise to use in treating a sick pet. The wealth of knowledge veterinarians have can truly be your best benefit when it comes to ascertaining the exact needs you’ll need to meet for your pet in the event of an emergency. In fact, you’d be surprised to find out what you can find in you cupboards to help treat a dog and in the end, the most powerful resource is knowledge, so by all means ask questions and do your research.

U.S. Dog Ownership Estimates

83.3 M- Number of owned dogs
47%- Percentage of households that own at least one dog
70%- Percentage of owners with one dog
20%- Percentage of owners with two dogs
10%- Percentage of owners with three or more dogs
1.47- Average number of owned dogs per household
20%- Percentage of owned dogs who were adopted from animal shelters
$231- Average annual amount spent by dog owners on routine veterinary visits
83%- Percentage of owned dogs who are spayed or neutered
Even- Proportion of male to female owned dogs

Source: 2013-2014 statistics, contact the American Pet Products Association Pet Owners Survey

Dog Survival Gear

There is plenty of gear on the market that can help you prepare and protect your dog from tough elements and unexpected events. Don’t let your canine buddy get left out of your preparation plans. A few standouts of some dog-specific kit are presented in this guide.

You've Got Your Plans & Survival Essentials. What About Your Best Friend?

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    21st Century Pet Health Anti Diarrhea Liquid with Kaolin & Pectin

    Make & Model - 21st Century Pet Health Anti Diarrhea Liquid with Kaolin & Pectin
    MSRP - $13.99
    URL - http://www.21stcenturypet.com
    Notes - This item is self-explanatory. Pack one in your dog's kit and you'll be thankful that you have it.

    The 21st Century Pet Health Anti Diarrhea Liquid with Kaolin & Pectin is self-explanatory. Pack one in your dog's kit and you'll be thankful that you have it.

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    21st Century Pet Health Flexible Bandage

    Make & Model - 21st Century Pet Health Flexible Bandage – Bandage Self-Adhering
    SIZE - 2-inch, 4-inch (Pictured)
    COLORWAY - 2-inch Blue, Pink, Purple
    MSRP - $0.97 to $1.97
    URL - http://www.21stcenturypet.com
    Notes - Like their human counterparts, pets may require bandages to help treatment from cuts or even sprained or broken limbs. This self-adhering bandage is specifically made for pets.

    Like their human counterparts, pets may require bandages to help treatment from cuts or even sprained or broken limbs. So the 21st Century Pet Health Flexible Bandage is a self-adhering bandage is specifically made for pets.

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    21st Century Pet Health Paw Pad Protector

    Make & Model - 21st Century Pet Health Paw Pad Protector
    SIZE - N/A
    COLORWAY - N/A
    MSRP - $7.99
    URL - http://www.21stcenturypet.com
    Notes - For dogs that don't like the feeling of boots on their feet, there is this alternative. It is a wax that can be applied to your dog's paw pads that creates a protective barrier between the skin and the ground.

    For dogs that don't like the feeling of boots on their feet, the Health Paw Pad Protector is a wax that can be applied to your dog's paw pads that creates a protective barrier between the skin and the ground.

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    ActiveDogs.com Paw Mitts

    Make & Model - ActiveDogs.com Paw Mitts
    SIZE - XS, Small (Pictured), Medium, Large, XL
    COLORWAY - Navy Blue, Black, Camo, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Royal Blue, Wine, Yellow (Pictured)
    MSRP - $32.99
    URL - http://www.activedogs.com
    Notes - Protect your dog's paws from broken glass and other dangerous debris. Paw Mitts have a water-resistant, 1000 denier nylon and urethane coated fabric outer layer. Its inner layer is a soft fleece and outside footpad is non-slip suede leather.

    Protect your dog's paws from broken glass and other dangerous debris with the ActiveDogs Paw Mitts that have a water-resistant, 1000 denier nylon and urethane coated fabric outer layer.

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    Century Pet Health Oral Syringe

    Make & Model - 21st Century Pet Health Oral Syringe
    SIZE - 15cc (Pictured), 30cc
    MSRP - $3.99
    URL - http://www.21stcenturypet.com
    Notes - Any easy way to administer medicine for pets, this oral syringe is reusable and can hold up to 15cc's of liquid. In a disaster kit, it can be used for other pet and human purposes such as flushing out eyes with water.

    Any easy way to administer medicine for pets, this oral syringe is reusable and can hold up to 15cc's of liquid. In a disaster kit, it can be used for other pet and human purposes such as flushing out eyes with water.

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    CQB K-9 Patrol/Tactical Harness

    Make & Model - CQB K-9 Patrol/Tactical Harness
    SIZE - Large, up to 30-inch girth
    COLORWAY - Tan
    MSRP - $60
    URL - http://www.cqbk9.com
    Notes - The Patrol/Tactical Harness is a lightweight option over heavier dog packs. It features adjustable sizing straps, hook and loop surfaces along with a durable nylon leash attachment and zippered carry pouches.

    The Patrol/Tactical Harness is a lightweight option over heavier dog packs, and it even features adjustable sizing straps, hook and loop surfaces along with a durable nylon leash attachment and zippered carry pouches.

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    Creative Pet Products Bow Ow First Aid Kit

    Make & Model - Creative Pet Products Bow Ow First Aid Kit
    MSRP - $39
    URL - http://www.petfirstaidkits.com
    Notes - First-aid kit for your pets. This handy kit comes with a few essentials in a carry case, but will still probably need to be supplemented with other tools and medicines to suit your dog.

    Creative Pet Products Bow Ow is a first-aid kit for your pets. This handy kit comes with a few essentials in a carry case, but will still probably need to be supplemented with other tools and medicines to suit your dog.

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    Creative Pet Products Practical Pet First Aid For Dogs & Cats

    Make & Model - Creative Pet Products Practical Pet First Aid For Dogs & Cats
    MSRP - $14
    URL - http://www.petfirstaidkits.com
    Notes - Because we can't all be veterinarians, having this guide with you can you help treat everything from fevers, bug bites, cuts, broken bones, and more.

    Because we can't all be veterinarians, having the Creative Pet Products Practical Pet First Aid For Dogs & Cats guide with you can you help treat everything from fevers, bug bites, cuts, broken bones, and more.

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    GNC Dog Aspirin

    Make & Model - GNC Dog Aspirin
    DOSES - All Small Dogs 120 mg (Pictured), All Large Dogs 300 mg
    MSRP - $7.99 to $13.99
    URL - http://www.gnc.com
    Notes - This is beef-flavored aspirin, what's not to love? Your buddy will not have a problem taking this tablet. The chewable tablets help with pain relief and inflammation.

    This is beef-flavored aspirin, what's not to love? Your buddy will not have a problem taking this tablet. The chewable tablets help with pain relief and inflammation.

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    Mayday Industries The 38 Piece “DogGoneIt PEMA” Kit For Dogs

    Make & Model - Mayday Industries The 38 Piece "DogGoneIt PEMA" Kit For Dogs
    MSRP - $87
    URL - http://www.maydayindustries.com
    Notes - This "all-in-one" type kit covers many items of what you'll need to manage your dog. Everything from food, water, water bowl, first-aid kit, a leash, and more are included. We suggest supplementing this kit with more items to build a customized kit for your dog.

    This "all-in-one" type kit covers many items of what you'll need to manage your dog. Everything from food, water, water bowl, first-aid kit, a leash, and more are included.

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    Remedy+Recovery Liquid Bandage

    Make & Model - Remedy+Recovery Liquid Bandage
    MSRP - $7.99
    URL - http://www.cardinalpet.com
    Notes - This is a handy liquid bandage that dries quickly and keeps your pet's wound clean and dry so that it can heal quickly without complications from possible infection when applied correctly.

    The Remedy+Recovery Liquid Bandage is a handy liquid bandage that dries quickly and keeps your pet's wound clean and dry so that it can heal quickly without complications from possible infection when applied correctly.

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    Remedy+Recovery Medicated Antiseptic

    Make & Model - Remedy+Recovery Medicated Antiseptic
    MSRP - $7.99
    URL - http://www.cardinalpet.com
    Notes - Much like antiseptic sprays you might have in your own first-aid kit, this spray kills germs, eases bug bites and scratches, and is formulated for your dog's skin and fur coats.

    Much like antiseptic sprays you might have in your own first-aid kit, the Remedy+Recovery Medicated Antiseptic kills germs, eases bug bites and scratches, and is formulated for your dog's skin and fur coats.

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    Remedy+Recovery Styptic Powder

    Make & Model - Remedy+Recovery Styptic Powder
    MSRP - $10.99
    URL - http://www.cardinalpet.com
    Notes - A blood-clotting agent for your dog, this powder can come in handy to stop the flow of small cuts and scrapes.

    The Remedy+Recovery Styptic Powder is a blood-clotting agent for your dog, this powder can come in handy to stop the flow of small cuts and scrapes.

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    Survival Straps Wide Dog Collar

    Make & Model - Survival Straps Wide Dog Collar
    SIZE - 16 to 26 inches
    COLORS - INSIDE: Various, Black (Pictured) Edge: Various, Blue, Royal (Pictured) DOG TAG OPTIONS: Center (Pictured), Left
    MSRP - $45.95
    URL - http://www.survivalstraps.com
    Notes - The Survival Straps Wide Dog Collar is made of 550 military-spec paracord and stainless-steel shackles. It's the ultimate survivalist dog collar.

    The Survival Straps Wide Dog Collar is made of 550 military-spec paracord and stainless-steel shackles. It's the ultimate survivalist dog collar.

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    ThunderWorks ThunderShirt

    Make & Model - ThunderWorks ThunderShirt
    SIZE - XXS, XS (Pictured), S, M, L, XL, XXL
    COLORS - Blue Polo, Green Polo, Heather Grey (Pictured), Holiday Red Limited Edition, Pink Polo
    MSRP - $39.95 to $44.95
    URL - http://www.thundershirt.com
    Notes - Used to ease anxiety, the ThunderShirt provides your dog with a sense of security that could be important during stressful times.

    Used to ease anxiety, the ThunderShirt provides your dog with a sense of security that could be important during stressful times.

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    Top Paw Backpack

    Make & Model - Top Paw Backpack
    SIZE - Medium, Large, XL (Pictured)
    COLORWAY - N/A
    MSRP - $34.99 to $44.99
    URL - http://www.petsmart.com
    Notes - Have your dog pull his or her own weight by putting survival supplies on their backs. This sturdy backpack is adjustable for a correct fit.

    Have your dog pull his or her own weight by putting survival supplies on their backs in the Top Paw Backpack.

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    Top Paw Dog Boots

    Make & Model - Top Paw Dog Boots
    SIZE - XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL (Pictured)
    COLORWAY - Pink, Blue (Pictured)
    MSRP - $14.99
    URL - http://www.petsmart.com
    Notes - These rubber soled Dog Boots are water resistant and non-slip. We wouldn't run around a disaster zone barefoot, why should your dog?

    The Top Paw Dog Boots are rubber soled and are water resistant and non-slip. We wouldn't run around a disaster zone barefoot, why should your dog?

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    Top Paw K9 Goggles

    Make & Model - Top Paw K9 Goggles
    SIZE - XS, Small, Medium, Large (Pictured)
    COLORWAY - N/A
    MSRP - $24.99
    URL - http://www.petsmart.com
    Notes - Sheild your dog's eyes from burning embers, heavy dust, and other air contaminants. Featuring 100-percent UV block lenses, these goggles for your dog are shatterproof, anti-fog, and come in multiple adjustable sizes.

    Sheild your dog's eyes from burning embers, heavy dust, and other air contaminants with the Top Paw K9 Goggles that feature 100-percent UV block lenses.

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