Anyone who does not own a dog can never understand how they can be considered part of the family. I know … I was once one of those poor souls. I never thought I’d cry as hard when one of our dogs died as when a human family member passed away, nor did I expect to lose sleep when we left one of our dogs overnight while she was neutered. Perhaps its the unconditional love they show you, or their complete dependence on you to see after their welfare that bonds us so closely to them. Why try to rationalize love? The question of how to feed man’s best friend when SHTF is every bit as important as how we plan to eat ourselves.
This presents many issues. A 50 pound bag of dog food is not exactly easy to transport around, it takes up a lot of room and it only lasts a certain amount of time. We have a plan B (at least we better have) for filling our bellies, we need a plan B for our dog’s nourishment as well.
The first thing to keep in mind is that dogs are exactly like us, they are omnivorous, they eat anything, it doesn’t have to only be meat, although also like us, they prefer a good steak over green beans. Being like us also means that any home-made food we prepare for them, we can eat as well. I might mention that also includes dog food. In a starvation situation dry dog food will keep you alive with no ill effects, except maybe a slight stomach ache until your system adjusts, or pieces of grit caught between your teeth. A small price to pay in exchange for survival.
Ask yourself, “What would grandpa do?” There were no Walmart, Target or Pet stores around when he had dogs. The thought of having 40 different types of dog food for different types of dogs, fat dogs, skinny dogs, hyper dogs, lazy dogs, etc etc were unheard of. A dog was big or little and got the same food. A full scoop for big dog, a half of scoop for little dog. Where’s the rocket science? So let’s look at some options.
Dry dog food is most common and if that’s the avenue you choose to take, buy the food in bulk. Places like Costco and Feed Stores (MFA) sell dog food in bulk, which is not only cheaper, but you’ll have a larger quantity. If dry dog food is properly stored in air tight containers, to avoid moisture, it can remain eatable for up to 10 years. If things are still bad in 10 years I don’t know if I’d be worried about much of anything.
Decide against store bought dog food or run out of it? Let’s look at how to keep Fido healthy with other foods. The ideal mixture for nourishment is 1/3 protein, 1/3 fiber and 1/3 carbohydrates. You may want to monitor the 1/3 protein-rich meat products as it can make some dogs hyper and possibly aggressive. Should that occur simply cut back on the meat protein, no big deal.
Rice, white or brown, although brown is healthier, is a main staple for homemade dog food, and it too can be bought in bulk, getting the most bang for the buck. Wondering about the use of rice? Bear in mind nearly 20% of the world’s population survives on rice and a few vegetables. A combination of rice and dried beans makes an excellent high protein meal.
Using meat or meat by-products, as long as they are available, is the way to go. That along with rice and assorted vegetables makes an delicious and healthy meal which can be stored for years by canning jars of it. Should domestic meat supplies become scarce, you can revert to can meat, which is perfectly fine. Wild game can be substituted as well as it’s even leaner and higher in protein than store bought meats. If all else fails eggs can also be substituted.
Let’s get down to business: Avoid giving dogs too much food high in fat or sodium as it can cause vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.
How to Feed Man’s Best Friend When SHTF
Dog Food Basics Meat & Meat By-products
Poultry: cooked, skinless and boneless. Chicken and turkey bones are too soft and splinters which cause choking or intestinal problems. There is nothing wrong with feeding dogs raw chicken, but if not used it they could become ill.
Beef: any cut of meat, steak, hamburger, etc. preferably lean and cooked.
Pork: Sodium is a concern when talking pork, but never rule it out.
Tuna: packed in water is better, thoroughly drain and rinse if in oil.
Lamb: no problem.
Canned Meat: Rinse to wash away excessive salt.
Dog Food Basic for Additional Foods
Canned Vegetables such as corn, beans, peas and carrots. Rinsed and drained.
Plain Pasta cooked
Plain cooked rice, white or brown
Plain cooked oatmeal, not the sugar filled children type
Canned chicken and fish packed in water, rinsed well.
High-fiber healthy cereals, avoid cereals containing raisins and other artificial ingredients.
Low sodium vegetables, beef or chicken broth.
Low-sodium plain tomato sauce.
Honey, a little bit to sweeten
Cheeses mild American or Colby.
Apples & pears
Blueberries and strawberries
Cooked potatoes, any kind
Cooked or raw carrots, beans, peas, broccoli and corn
Foods to Avoid
Avoid these foods:
Breaded, fried, greasy, high fat processed foods
Bacon and cold cuts to excess due to high sodium content
Foods that are spicy or in spicy sauces
Here are some sample Recipes:
Chicken & Rice Bowl
65 grams of cooked white meat chicken
1 large cooked egg
2 cups white rice
1 cup high fiber cereal
2 – 3 teaspoons canola oil which provides omega-3 and 6 fatty acids
Servicing size: @ 6 cups (48 oz)
Sausage Breakfast Recipe for Dogs
- 7 ounces sausage – not spicy – sweet sausage
- 2 large cooked eggs
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 4 slices bread (white, wheat, grain, etc.)
- 2 cups of chopped cooked potatoes
Serving size: Approx 6 cups (or 56 oz)
Peanut Butter Breakfast Scramble Recipe for Dogs
- ¾ large egg cooked
- 4 cooked egg whites
- 2.5 ounces peanut butter
- 6 slices bread
- 3 cups vegetables
Serving size: Approx 6 cups (or 56 oz)
Beef and Rice Bowl
Mix ground beef
2 – 2.5 cups cooked rice
½ cup of high fiber cereal
2 – 3 teaspoons canola oil for omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
These are foods are good for your dog
- Peanut butter. This is a great source of added protein and fiber for your pup and a tablespoon on their dry food is a surefire way to get them to eat it! …
Lean proteins (like chicken, turkey and beef). …
Pumpkin and sweet potatoes. …
Rice and pasta. …
How to Feed Man’s Best Friend When SHTF experts will tell you to return your dog to normal dog food as soon as possible for their own health. I agree with that, but if we weren’t in a crisis survival situation the dog wouldn’t be off their regular diet to begin with. One expert claimed if you deviate from their normal diet for more than a week you’ll do irreparable damage to the dog, therefore I guess if the crisis last longer than a week go ahead and let the dog starve. Some experts are so damn dumb. Anyway, take their pearls of wisdom with a grain of salt as common sense will dictate crisis over … back to Purina dog chow.