Prepping for… Pets

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, and ensuing chaos at the ports, the government may very well start to prioritise the goods that get through the ports. Food and medicines would, we can assume, be at the top of the list.

There are, however, certain things that you and your family may consider vital but the government won’t prioritise. For me, one of those things is pet supplies – especially good quality dog food.

My dog, Charlie, is rather highly strung. If he eats something low quality with an ingredients list that starts with “cereals, meat and animal derivatives (4% chicken)” he acts like a toddler with too much sugar and not enough sleep; he’s more pest than pet. In the event of shortages, low quality big brands like Pedigree would probably be the first to get through. On that basis, I’ve started stockpiling for him too – I’m aiming for about a years’ worth of supplies, much more than I am prepping for myself.

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Charlie. Photo credit: Gareth Phillips for the Guardian

The food he usually eats had to be switched for two sets of reasons

  • his dry food was cold pressed, and had a shorter than average 4 month shelf life
  • his wet food came frozen, and I need the freezer space!

So, I set out on a mission to find alternatives which were more stockpile friendly! The independent dog food website, www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk has been very helpful – it lets you search by nutritional quality, cost per day and many other features.

In the stockpile, I have for him

  • Kibble
  • Tinned food (we’ve settled on a mixture of Natures Menu Country Hunter, Lukullus and Wolf of Wilderness)
  • Chews
  • Treats, for training
  • Dog toys – they’re practically consumables here!
  • Flea & worm treatment
  • Vaccinations – he’s due for boosters in March, so we’ll be visiting the vet then
  • Peanut butter – xylitol free, great for smearing on puzzle toys so the dog has to work to get it out!
  • Poo bags
  • Adaptil calming plug-in refills
  • Grooming supplies

For the hamster, I’ve prepped

  • Hamster food
  • Bedding
  • Treats

Have a think about all the things your pets consume on a regular basis, and those which they might grow out of or destroy in the not too distant future, and add those to the stockpile list too. They will be a long way down the list of government priorities, so they need to be high on your list of priorities.

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