We all want to give our dogs the best. That includes dog food. We need to feed our dogs food that is fresh, but that can be a problem if we don’t practice dog food storage safety. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your dog is always getting the freshest, safest food possible.
Keep it Secret. Keep it Safe.
Aside from the obvious Lord of the Rings reference, what does keeping it secret and safe mean? It means to keep it secret and safe from pests – AND from your dog. Do not store your dog food in the bag, even if you have one of those fancy bags with the resealable top. Although it may be more convenient, it opens up your dog food to all sorts of problems.
Dog food storage in the bag can lead to:
- Rodent Contamination: Let’s face it. Those dog food bags aren’t exactly Fort Knox. All it takes is for an invading mouse or ants to catch a whiff of your dog’s food, and it’s all over. The ants can almost always find their way into the bag, especially if that super thoughtful mouse has already chewed a hole in it. At best, you’ll have to throw out your food. At worst, you’ll have a full on ant infestation, or you’ll be accidentally feeding your dog mouse feces along with its food. Neither of those is a good option.
- Moisture Contamination: An improperly sealed bag can allow moisture from the air to get into the dog food. Moisture leads to mold and other bacteria, both of which just love to set up shop on organic matter.
- An Overstuffed Dog: You see it on Funniest Home Videos all the time. The dog gets into the food and eats it all. Oooh it’s so cute! No, it’s really not. Not only does it contaminate your food, it can lead to bloat. Bloat is a painful condition which can occur when you dog eats too much too fast. The stomach literally bloats up with food and air. Not only is it painful, it can lead to a twisting of the stomach which can be deadly.
The Best Option for Dog Food Storage
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The best option to store dog food safely is to use a plastic bin. These bins have click lock tops which prevent ants, mice, and other critters from getting into the food. It also keeps it free of moisture and other contaminants. In addition, it keeps your pooch from breaking into it and having a field day.
There are a couple of things to consider when using a plastic bin for dog food storage. First and foremost, use ALL of the food in the bin before putting more food into it. If you don’t, you’ll end of up with old, stale food collecting at the bottom of the bin. Secondly, although a bin is a great way to safely store your dog food, a big dog can still bust into the container, so keep an eye on the big guys!
That’s it. Dog food storage safety is as simple as a nice plastic bin. It protects the food from pests, vermin, water, and your dog. So go out and get yourself a large heavy duty bin, and keep your dog food secret and safe!