At the Animal Station, we know how important it is to ensure our furry friends are getting the best quality food. One important aspect of this is proper storage of pet food. Not only does it help keep the food fresh, but it can also prevent pests and bacteria from contaminating the food. In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of proper storage for pet food and how to keep your pet's food fresh.
Exposure to Air, Moisture, and Heat
First and foremost, it's important to understand that pet food can go bad just like human food. Exposure to air, moisture, and heat can cause the food to spoil and lose its nutritional value. This is why it's crucial to store pet food in the original packaging and placed in an airtight container, preferably made of metal or heavy-duty plastic. The container should also be kept in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Keeping the pet food in the original packaging in an airtight container will help preserve the food's freshness and prevent any spoilage.
Another important aspect of proper storage is portion control. Instead of leaving a large bag of pet food open, it's better to portion out smaller amounts into airtight containers or resealable bags. This will not only prevent the food from going bad, but it will also make it easier to measure the appropriate serving size for your pet.
Secure, Pest-Proof Area
It's also important to keep pet food containers away from potential pests. Rodents, bugs, and other pests can easily get into pet food if it's not stored properly. To prevent this, make sure to store pet food in a secure, pest-proof area such as a pantry or cabinet.
When it comes to wet or canned pet food, it's important to store it in the refrigerator once it's been opened. It should be consumed within 3-5 days of opening, to avoid any spoilage. In the case of dry kibble, it is generally recommended to use the food within 6-12 months of opening the bag, depending on the brand and the storage condition.
In summary, proper storage is crucial for keeping your pet's food fresh and safe for consumption. By following these tips, you can ensure that your pet is getting the best quality food and that you're not wasting money on spoiled or contaminated food.
In addition, it is always recommended to check the expiration date of the food and if it is expired, to discard it. Also, make sure to always wash hands, utensils and containers that come into contact with pet food to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
In the end, your pet's health and well-being should be your top priority. Proper storage is an easy and effective way to ensure that your pet's food is fresh, safe and nutritious. The Animal Station in Centerburg, Ohio offers a wide range of pet food storage options to fit your needs and budget, visit us for more information.