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Best way to store dry dog food

Best way to store dry dog food

Storing dog food is an issue that many dog owners have. From storing dog food long term to finding the space to store, Parcelpet discuss the importance of storing food correctly with some tips and advice for food safety along the way.

Storing different types of food

As you would expect, storing dry dog food is a completely different process to storing the likes of wet and raw dog food. Below, we weigh up the pros and cons when it comes to the difficulties of storing different dog foods:

Dry dog food

The frontrunner when it comes to dog food allergies. Dry food is definitely a Parcelpet favourite – but what exactly is the best way to store dry dog food?

Where to store dry dog food: Dry dog food should be stored at room temperature, not exceeding 32°C. In addition to these temperatures, you should avoid storing food in any damp environments and where possible, keep food in the original bag within a larger Tupperware container (more information below).

How long can you store dry dog food for? The average shelf life of dry dog food is approximately one year. However, products which contain natural preservatives (appose to artificial preservatives) may very well have a shorter shelf life.

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Wet dog food

Where to store wet dog food: Similarly, with dry dog food, wet dog food should be stored at room temperature not falling below 50°C (this may affect the texture, appearance and palatability of your dog’s food.) 

How long can you store wet dog food for? The average shelf life of wet dog food is approximately two years (ALWAYS check the label). Once opened, wet food should be stored in the fridge and consumed within three days.

Does it really matter?

In one word – yes. Storing food correctly is vital in ensuring that your dog is getting the maximum nutritional benefits from their food (and avoiding anything that may harm them!)

Damp conditions: Damp conditions such as laundry rooms are probably one of the most common places for storing dog food due to convenience, however, moisture and dog food are a big no no. Warm, moist environments not only encourage mold spores to grow, but can also become a breeding ground for mites (did you know that this might very well be what is causing your dog’s allergies? Not their food after all!)

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Oxidisation: We heavily encourage keeping food in it’s original packaging where possible and then taking additional precautions to make this extra safe (i.e. Tupperware containers, cling film etc.) The science-y bit? Exposure to oxygen means that food will quickly ‘go off’ becoming rancid, depleting the nutritional benefits such as the presence of vitamins and generally lead to bad health. Again, where possible you should avoid the oxidisation process taking place by keeping food sealed.

Illnesses: Serious diseases can manifest from exposure to harmful bacteria parasites and toxins as a result of not storing food correctly. These diseases and illnesses include E coli, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella spp., Bacillus spp., Clostridium perfringens, and Clostridium botulinum, or Penitrem-A (a neurotoxin).

Tips & best practise

After investing so much time into picking your pup’s most nutritionally beneficial meals, the last thing you want is for any of the above to happen. To recap, here’s what you can be doing to store dog food correctly and some additional tips and tricks for keeping your pooch fit as a fiddle.

Tupperware is TOP

Tupperware – it’s just as great for storing dog food, as we find it for storing our human food. Using Tupperware is a great habit to get into as this protects your dog’s food from any nasty environmental factors which may spoil kibbles and wet food.

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Subscription is SENSATIONAL

That’s right – you can actually get dog food delivered straight to your door via subscription now. Whilst at first it might seem like a bit of a novelty, this nifty solution addresses the storage and shelf life of pet food. By receiving regular deliveries of food, appose to buying up in bulk, you can rest assured knowing your food is well in date and you actually have the space to provide the correct storage!

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