The optimal place to store dog food is in cold storage bins and cans built for the task. These can be anywhere from 2-5 ft tall in height with various capacities.
Making sure that dog food is properly stored is very important, so as not to have it spoil over time or be eaten up by a small ant colony. However, here’s a list of other alternatives to consider when storing dog food.
-Store the Food in Its Original Container-
A common thing most people do with their pet’s food is to simply keep it stored in the container it came in. Typically the bags that dog food comes in are resealable and are pretty durable and thick. So why not keep it stored in its bag?
Since these bags are made specifically for storing dog food over long periods, moving the dog food from one bag to another may cause the fats within to soak through the bag, which leaves them exposed to the air around them, causing them to spoil a lot more quickly.
Additionally, keeping dog food in the bag or container that it came in keeps the instruction manual and expiration date close by and at the ready. Vital information should always be frequented.
Even the bar code is nice to have there since the number can be used to contact the manufacturer in case a recall is necessary. You’d know if the food you purchased for your dog is included in that recall.
Nevertheless, whenever you close up your dog food make sure that it is rolled tightly shut. Use a clamp or clip to keep the bag sealed in case the bag doesn’t come resealable.
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Given that you should keep your dog’s food in its original container and not be switched to another bag, there is yet another way to store it, whilst in its original packaging.
Either made of glass or stainless steel, containers like these can be used to store your dog food. Simply place the bag within the bin and then attach the lid, just like putting a bag of cereal from its box to a plastic bin, with its bag still being used.
This will make sure that your food stays fresher and lasts longer, away from any insects that wish to penetrate the bin and snack on some dog food themselves.
-Where to store dog food?-
In storing dog food, lots of contaminants and bacteria are out to infect and spoil your dog’s next meal. Most of these bacteria are often found in humid places where the air is moist and rich in bacterial growth.
Therefore, it is imperative to store your dog’s food in places that are dry and cool. Like a closet or pantry that is relatively dark and cold.
Avoiding places that are wet or are over 120°F in temperature as such a storage temperature can increase the time it takes for vitamins to denature and degrade.
Avoiding sunlight as much as possible in the process as sunlight will speed up the degrading process of food.
-When to use dog food?-
All food, human and animal alike will expire at some point or another. Given that fact, always try to use up the dog food within 45 days of opening it, since its given expiration date will be invalid. And this is a good rule of thumb for dog food of all brands and types; 45 days or bust!
-Wash the container!-
Always make sure the container you decide to store the bag of dog food in is washed regularly, disinfecting the inside. This is great for whenever you want to replace the food with a new bag. Since otherwise, the fat within the food might spill through the bag and into the container which would allow bacteria to have space to multiply.
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Feed Your Dog Quality Food
There’s a myriad of dog foods out there that all claim to be the best, however, a lot of them are pretty bad. Quality dog food is not only food that can be stored properly but also includes tons of natural and healthy ingredients that make for a healthy diet.
At Platinum Pet Treats, our 100% natural, single-ingredient dog treats make for a great treat to train or reward your dog’s behavior. Given that our treats are dry it makes storing them super easy and your dog will surely enjoy it.
They will supplement your dog’s healthy diet. Check out some of our products and use your new storage bins to store some tasty high-end dog treats.