How to Safely Store Dry Dog Food

How to Safely Store Dry Dog Food

Dog food once brought home needs to be stored well in a very safe environment. How you handle the food makes a huge difference in determining how long will it remain fresh and maintain its nutritional profile.

Here are some of the mistakes that pet parents make while keeping food and what issues do these habits cause.

Throwing away of original packaging

High-quality dog food bags have been designed to keep out the harmful elements and help in maintaining its freshness for as long as possible. Keeping the food bag also has the added benefit of retaining the cat food’s barcode, expiration date, and batch code. All of these are important information to have, especially in the event of a dog food recall.

Keep the food exposed to air

Sealing the dog food bag after every feed helps prevent unnecessary exposure to air and humidity. This is because they both speed up the rate at which pet foods degrade and increase the risk of bacterial contamination like Salmonella.

3. Storing the food where there is regular direct sunlight

Exposing the dog food bag to sunlight can elevate temperatures and humidity inside. This will also speed up food degradation and increase the risk of Salmonella contamination as well as other bacteria.

4. Keeping and storing the food past expiration date

Dog food expiration dates (sometimes known as “best by” or “use by” dates) are established to ensure the safety of the health of the pup. Don’t take the risk by feeding your pet expired dog food.

5. Mixing of older dog food to the new one

You may be tempted to transfer that last bit of cat food from the old bag to a new bag. Don’t! You may be unknowingly tainting your brand new bag of dry cat food.

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