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Food is a very necessary part of keeping our pets healthy. We all know that no matter the type of pet food, there will always be an expiry date. The first step is to pay attention to this little date. Make sure that you purchase a can or bag of pet food that has expiry dates far in the future. When you do this, not only are you buying the packet that lasts the longest, but you're also buying the fresh dog food product on the shelves. Although there are clear expiry dates, these tend to be mutable according to storage conditions. Make sure to examine the packaging carefully before you make the purchase. Ensure the canned dog food are intact and unopened, and the bags aren't torn. Here are a few tips for storing your dog food to remain healthier for longer.
How Should You Store Dry Dog Foods?
Once you get back from the store, how you manage the dog food from here on out can greatly impact how long it lasts. The rate at which food degrades is based on exposure to light, air, humidity speeds, and hot temperatures. Keep the dog food in its original packet to limit exposure to these factors. You can either reseal the top between each use or roll it back and use a clip to hold the top closed. Rats and insects are also a threat to the freshness of pet food. So you could use a plastic or glass bin to store the packet of pet food in to keep it protected from vermin. Remember that your pet consumes dry dog food within six weeks of opening the bag in an ideal scenario. Make sure you buy packages accordingly, or it will be difficult to keep track of the food.
How Should You Store Canned Foods?
A can that's left unopened can remain fresh for at least a few years. Just make sure you look at the expiry date beforehand. Once you've opened the canned food, store it in the refrigerator and ensure you finish it within seven days. If a can contains more than you can use in seven days, freeze single-portion sizes and thaw them as needed. If you opt to leave your opened can at room temperature, your pet should finish it within four hours of opening. Take care to clean your dog bowl carefully before you pour in the pet food. Good quality dog foods are often expensive. Don't let storage mishaps ruin the quality of your very expensive pet food.
A few more considerations to be made about the same are listed in the section below.
How to keep your pet's food fresh
No one wants to drink that funky-looking milk that's been in the fridge for the last two months, would you? Just like human food, pet food does go bad if it is not stored properly. You may not know when your dog's food has gone bad because you're not the one eating it, but your puppy will know and may sometimes not eat when his/her instincts scream no.
How do I store my pet's dry food?
Dry pet food must be stored in a dry, cool place, preferably a cupboard with a temperature of under 100°F (38°C). Anything over this temperature accelerates the rate at which the food degrades. Therefore, it is preferable to store the food in an environment where you have some control. Storing food in a basket outdoors or in your garage is a bad idea because of its unpredictability. As far as possible, keep the dry food in its original packaging. High-quality dog and cat food are packaged carefully to keep out the elements. Your pet should consume dry cat food six weeks after opening the bag. It is okay to leave kibbles and bits out in the open but do not leave more than your pet can consume over 24 hours. Leaving kibble out for longer than 24 hours is not advised. Unopened canned food will stay fresh for a couple of years when kept in a cool, dry place. Once opened, you should keep unused canned food in your refrigerator for seven days. Pet food can be expensive; if you'd like to save money on canned food, consider freezing each serving separately so that you can slow down bacteria spread by thawing on an as-needed basis.
If you'd like to keep your dry pet food for longer than six weeks, consider putting it in its original packaging in a secondary container. Glass and stainless steel dog food containers work here. Having two layers of protection will keep your pet's food fresher.
Wash the glass or stainless steel container regularly. Washing it every time you replace the food bag is a good idea. Fat from a previous bag can make the container a playground for bacteria.
If you know what your pet's food is supposed to smell like, you'll be able to tell when the food has gone bad. Train yourself by taking a quick whiff of your pet's food when you open it so that if the food goes wonky, you'll be able to tell.