As we all know, UK is underlockdown, that means we cannot go to the market whenever we can. We can go out to shop for food but we have to limit our contact with other people, meaning go to the market less. We can do that by buying in bulk, like buying for the whole week or the month. But buying dog food in bulk means we have to pay attention to some other things as well. Like how are we going to store them and where should we keep them. In this blog post we listed the tips on how to properly store dog food.
Seal Your Bags
The FDA and pet food companies recommend sealing pet foods. It minimizes air exposure, meaning less contamination of your pet food with bacteria. You can use a bag clip to seal the bag or roll down the sides to limit air exposure. You can also use airtight containers for extra protection.
Store Them In Airtight Containers
Not only to limit air exposure, airtight containers also help the food safe from bugs and rodents. And keeps the food fresh for longer time. Beneficial in every way! Also, if you are going to store the food in your kitchen or a common place in your house, airtight containers help containing the smell.
Clean The Container Completely
Don’t forget to clean the container! If you add new food into the container without cleaning it first, the container gets greesy from the old foods and contaminate the new food. Throughly clean the container with water and soap and rinse completely. Before putting new food into it, let the can dry completely. Moisture can lead to mold to grow on the food and can make your little friend sick.
Store Them In Dry & Cool Place
High temperatures can make the pet food to degrade faster and cause the nutrients in the food to breakdown. You can store the dog food in cool and dry places, usually the best temperatures for storage is written in the package. But it is reccomended that you shouldn’t storage your dog food in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, in places such as garage and shed can make your dog food go bad faster.
Also when choosing a place to store the food, don’t forget to choose a secure place that your dog cannot break into.
Check Expiry & Packaging
Last but not least, do not forget to check the expiration date! Many natural brands have shorter shelf life than others, so you have to make sure you are buying the right amount of food for your dog. And don’t forget to check the condition of the packaging that it has no rips and no tears. Going to the market less means you cannot go to the market when you realize it in the house, you have to wait the next time you left your house.