Pets and the Apocalypse
Dogs and cats have become an important part of normal day-to-day human lives and generally offer comfort and companionship when we need it most. As such, there’s no reason to abandon your dear furry friends just because brain-craving skull suckers have taken to the streets and are in search of the grey matter fondue you’ve got inside your head.
Provided you take some basic things into consideration, you and your pet can trip the light fantastic through the undead hordes and here’s how:
1. Food and water are heavy and your pet needs it as badly as you do. If you have a dog it’s a good idea to get them a pack of their own. This will help spread the load, but remember that a dog should never carry more than 10% of its body weight or you risk injury.
2. Cats are a different story; being more independent and less capable of carrying anything, they require special accommodations. I recommend retro-fitting a three-wheeled jogging stroller to contain a cat’s cage instead of an infant. These strollers are designed to carry tons of supplies and are easily mounted with hydration systems as well as holsters for your various firearms or edged weapons, making them mobile, versatile and deadly! (This system can be implemented for most small pets including dogs not large enough to carry any of their own supplies.)
3. While the contagion may have no effect on our pets directly, it can still inadvertently become an issue. It’s a good idea to keep your pets from playing in (or bathing them in) untreated water sources. A hearty after swim shake-off by Fido could sling contagion laced liquid into any one of your various vulnerable areas (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.) and that’ll be all she wrote. If possible, treat water with a virostatic agent such as chlorine before using for cooling off or bathing the pet. Keep in mind that water turbidity will affect treatment times and effectiveness, so plan accordingly.
Hopefully if you’ve got time to bathe the dog, it means you’ve found a nice safe spot to setup a defensible position! That’s when your canine companion will be a tremendous asset and worth the additional care it took to get there. Depending on the breed, your dog’s sense of smell can be up to 100,000 times acute as yours and they hear 4 times as far! They’ll be able to raise the alarm if any zed-words are nearby. So share the load and watch after one another and you’re sure to have a companion here at the end of the world!