Pet food storage is critical to ensure your pet is eating the freshest and healthiest food possible. When purchasing food product at the store ensure there are no holes, rips, bulges or dents in your pet’s packaged food. It’s simple to keep these products stored properly by following these steps.
- Always use the original bag product was purchased in. The package will carry some vital information, such as barcode and batch code, which can be important if you suspect any problems with the food. The average shelf life for open bags of pet food is six weeks. Once this time has passed the nutritional value decreases. If you purchase large bags that will not be consumed within the six weeks consider vacuum-sealing the bag.
- After your pet is fed, squeeze the air out of the food bag and fold the top down tightly or seal with a bag clip. Place the bag in an airtight storage container.
- If using a storage ensure it is airtight and read the product materials. Some containers leak chemicals if they’re exposed to sunlight or heat. Glass and metal containers are effective at blocking oxygen and humidity. Do your research before purchasing your storage container.
- Food should always be stored at room temperature and low humidity.
- Do not use your pet’s bowl as a scoop or pour directly from the bag when feeding. Instead, use a separate utensil to scoop out the food. Wash it frequently and dry thoroughly to avoid moisture to food.
- Store unopened cans in a cool environment, and use before the expiration date.
- Do not leave leftover food in the can. Tin or aluminum cans, when exposed to oxygen, undergo a chemical reaction that can taint food.
- Transfer leftover food to an airtight container and refrigerate for a maximum of three days.