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How to Properly and Safely Store Your Pet's Food

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No one – including cats and dogs – likes stale food or eating mold and insects. That’s why it’s critically important to store your pet food properly. How to store it, though, depends on the type of food your pet eats and the climate in your area. Mark Finke, PetSmart’s director of Merchandising Technical Services, recommends the following guidelines:

No one – including cats and dogs – likes stale food or eating mold and insects. That’s why it’s critically important to store your pet food properly. How to store it, though, depends on the type of food your pet eats and the climate in your area. Mark Finke, PetSmart’s director of Merchandising Technical Services, recommends the following guidelines:

 
Dry Food
  • Always store dry pet food in a consistently cool, dry place. High humidity or wet conditions can lead to mold growth, as can dramatic daily temperature shifts. Storing dry food in high-temperature settings, meanwhile, can lead to rancidity and reduced acceptance by the pet. 
  • Keep the food sealed tightly to ward off pests – mainly insects. We recommend using plastic storage bins, but you might want to keep the bag in there, too. (It’s a great way to keep track of the expiration date, and it helps in the unlikely event of a food recall.)
  • Make sure to use or discard all dry food by its expiration date. Always purchase food in quantities appropriate for your pet to ensure you’re not left with dozens of pounds of stale food.
 
Wet Food
  • If the pouch, can or tub isn’t damaged, wet food can survive most climates. You should, however, throw out severely dented or rusty cans, as this may compromise the contents within. 
  • Also throw out any cans that are swollen. This could be a sign the product was not properly processed, and the bacteria that can grow under such circumstances can cause botulism.
  • Open cans of wet food should be stored in the refrigerator and used with two or three days. After this point, the food loses its taste – and starts to stink up the fridge, too! Feel free to use plastic snap-on lids to keep open cans of food fresh and odor-free during this time.
 
Soft Treats
  • Like dry pet food, soft pet treats must be kept tightly sealed to be sure they don’t lose palatability.
  • Treats can also lose moisture quickly, which can be prevented by keeping them in re-sealable food storage bags and squeezing as much air out of the bags as possible before sealing.
 
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30 Sep 2010 8:59 pm

edgarcarrie5 said:

This is very informative

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