Tips on Purchasing
Your dog food’s freshness starts while you’re still in the store deciding what package to purchase. Always look for the “sell by” or “best by” date that’s printed on the packaging, and select one with a date that’s farthest into the future as you can find. If you can’t find a date on the package at all, don’t buy it.
You’ll also want to give the packaging or can a quick once-over before you purchase it. Make sure there aren’t any rips or holes in the bag, and pick another can if you see bulges or dents.
Once You’ve Got the Food at Home
Open the food once you’re home and give it a sniff. It should smell like normal dog food—if you detect any sour or rotten odors, don’t give it to your pooch. It is possible for dog food to go bad if it’s been sitting long enough or if it’s been contaminated. You’ll want to contact the manufacturer or store where you purchased the food to get a refund.
Dry Food Tips
Light, humidity, and heat are the enemies of food storage. Keep dry kibble food in a cool, dimly-lit, dry location to keep it as fresh as possible. The packaging that your dog’s food came in is the best receptacle for it, since it’s been designed to keep the food from spoiling. If mice or other pests are an issue in your home, try putting the whole package inside of a plastic or metal container to keep it from prying pests.
Wet Food Tips
Canned food can stay good for quite a long time when unopened and stored appropriately. Like dry kibble, keep cans of dog food in a dry, dimly lit place. Once you’ve opened a can, the food can be stored in a refrigerator for about a week before you should consider getting rid of it.
Want to know what sort of food is best for your dog, as well as other great tips for keeping your purchase fresh? Call your veterinary clinic in Scottsdale today!