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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, you’re also buying the freshest 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. Make sure the cans are intact and unopened and the bags aren’t torn anywhere. Here are a few tips you can use to store your dog food so that it remains 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 have a large impact on how long it lasts. The rate at which food degrades is based on exposure to light, air, humidity speeds and hot temperatures. To better limit exposure to these factors, keep the dog food in its original packet. You can either reseal the top in between each use, or just roll it back and use a clip to hold the top closed.
Rats and insects are also a threat to the freshness of the pet food. So you could use a plastic or glass bin to store the packet of pet food in, in order to keep it protected from vermin. Keep in mind that in an ideal scenario, dry pet foods should be consumed within six weeks from opening the bag. Make sure your buy packages accordingly or else 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 make sure you finish it within seven days of opening. If a can contains more than you can use up in seven days, freeze single portion sizes and thaw them as needed. If you opt to leave your opened can in room temperature, it should be finished within four hours of opening. Take care to clean your pet’s 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.