Tips On How To Properly Store Pet Food Every Pet Guardian Should Know

Use It Up Within Six Weeks

Opened bags of dry food are fresh for approximately six weeks if stored in a cool, dry place. Off-odors and mold are definite indicators that food has spoiled, but there aren’t always such obvious signs that dry food has gone off. If your pet turns up his nose at his usual brand, listen to him and purchase a new bag.

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Photo: Flickr/Andrew Vargas

Store Cans Away From Heat

Since most wet food is canned, it is generally more shelf-stable than dry food. However, leaving cans in direct sunlight or sweltering temperatures can shorten that shelf-life. If you buy canned food in bulk, keep it in a cool place. Manufacturers recommend storing canned wet food at temperatures between 50 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Photo: Flickr/RikkisRefuge Other

Refrigerate Opened Wet Food

Once opened, canned wet food is good for 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator. Your refrigerator should set lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal storage.

Photo: Flickr/Faith Goble
Photo: Flickr/Faith Goble

. . .Or Freeze It

If you’re about to go on a trip, consider freezing opened cans of wet pet food to prevent spoiling. Spoon individual portions into small, sealed containers, and use it quickly to avoid freezer burn. Some pet owners also freeze-dry pet food, however, most manufacturers recommend against it. The kibble can take on excess moisture as it thaws, inviting mold and bacteria.

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Photo: Flickr/Mari Junnola

Wash Bowls

You wouldn’t serve tonight’s dinner on yesterday’s plates, so wash Fluffy’s bowl with warm soap and water before every meal. Toss any wet food that hasn’t been eaten within four hours and leftover dry food after 24 hours. Water bowls should be washed every few days to prevent bacterial growth.

Photo: Flickr/Jan-Erik Finnberg
Photo: Flickr/Jan-Erik Finnberg

High-quality pet food is an investment for both you and your pet, and well worth preserving at its best! The proper storage techniques will keep your pet happy, healthy, and ready for the next tasty meal, and show them exactly how much you love them. Does this mean you’re obsessed with your pet? Maybe! Read on to find out how far off the deep end you might have gone – and have a laugh, because loving your furry friend is a wonderful thing!

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