Most pet parents such as myself love to shower their beloved furry children with as many gifts, love, and affection as possible. Of course, showing love doesn’t always have to mean buying them gifts and treats for them to enjoy. It means taking proper care and looking out for their health at all times.
One important way to protect your pup is to always protect their food. Yes, you read it right. You have to find a way to store their food and do it the right way. Want tips on how to do just that? Find them in the article down below.
How To Properly Store Your Dog’s Food
Try An Airtight Container
An airtight container is a utensil that you have to have at home. It makes life just a tad easier and it helps with keeping your kitchen as tidy as possible and with proper storage.
Keeping your dog’s dry food in an airtight container helps a lot because the container’s lid fits so tightly that it doesn’t allow any air inside. This means that the lid protects the dry dog food from any outside air, keeping the food fresh.
I know many pet owners who say that their pet’s dry food always becomes stale by the end of the month even if it has a long shelf life.
That my friends is because pet foods(especially dry foods) have to be sealed shut so there’s no exposure to air. I recommend always keeping the dog food in an airtight storage container.
There are even pet food storage containers, specially made for the purposes of preserving the food from spoiling or becoming stale.
Always Seal Your Bag
Of course, you should always seal the bags of food after you use them. Usually, every pet food bag has a plastic zip like a zip-lock back and it’s there for a purpose. So, why diminish the purpose of it?
The first months after I got my dog I used to forget to secure the dog food bag and the food always became stale. But, I learned that even though dry foods have long shelf lives doesn’t mean that they can’t become stale if they aren’t taken care of properly. The zip on the dry food bag keeps the food fresher.
Keep The Food In A Cool, Dry Place
Keeping the food in a proper space is also a very important step no matter if it’s dry or canned food. The ideal place for keeping the food away from mold is in a cold, dark, and dry place like a pantry. Try to avoid humid places like a garage so as to not contaminate the food.
Moisture almost always leads to molding which is not good for neither pet food nor human food and can actually get you sick.
Keeping the food at high temperatures or under direct sunlight can cause a nutrient breakdown. This means that the food will probably lose its main nutrients which help your dog with its growth. [Source]
Wet food should always be put in a dark place and stored there until further use. Never put wet food under direct sunlight or else it will immediately spoil. And let me tell ya, wet dog food ain’t cheap.
Refrigerate Unfinished Wet, Canned Food
If your dog hasn’t had the chance to finish its canned food you can safely put it in plastic wrap or leave it in its original container and then put it in the refrigerator.
Canned dog foods have a shorter shelf life after they’re opened and should always be refrigerated if not eaten whole.
Fresh Food Should Also Be Refrigerated Or Frozen
Like all leftovers, doesn’t matter if they’re for humans or pets they should be refrigerated. So, if you have any leftover food that you cooked for your pup, store it in the refrigerator and keep it there for not longer than a week. It really depends on the type of food.
If you don’t think that the leftovers are going to be all eaten up by the end of the week, you can also freeze them. Grab one of those food containers and freeze it for further purposes.
This way if you run out of dry dog food or wet dog food you have always something prepared to give them for dinner. Just pop out the frozen food, leave it in the microwave to unfreeze, and fill up their food bowls.
Note that dry food like kibble shouldn’t be kept in the freezer nor in the refrigerator as it can easily spoil.
Put The Food In Food Bins
If you don’t already have an air-tight container a food bin will do the work just fine. Instead of always getting your dog’s kibble from a big, giant bag that takes up a lot of your living space, try to organize it in food bins.
Now, lots of people say that dry kibble should stay in the original bag with an air-tight seal but that doesn’t mean you can’t put the whole bag into one of these food bins.
Again, a dry, cool place is the best place to store pet food.
You Can Also Try A Metal Container
If you’re going green and you just don’t want to have one more plastic container in your home then this is definitely a way to go. Metal tins are safe for storing any kind of food and there are some that are specially made for food-storing purposes.
A thing that every pet owner must know from the beginning of getting pets is to always keep their food fresh and stored correctly.
For example, dry dog food should always be kept in a dry, and cool place. The reason why is because dry food shouldn’t be exposed to air or moisture as it can easily become moldy and instantly dangerous for your dog.
Keeping your dog’s dry food in an air-tight container with no exposure to air makes the food last longer and always be fresh as the day you first opened the bag.
Some pet owners and even some food brands claim just the opposite. They say that the best way to keep your dog’s food preserved is in their original bag. The bag should always be sealed shut after using it or kept in a food bin to keep it fresh.[Source]
Your pup’s food should always be stored safely, no matter the storage techniques you’re using,