I’ve often heard people ask about how to store dog food, specifically dry dog food. Many people think that keeping it in the original container is just fine. Unfortunately, it isn’t. The original bag may be good enough for sitting on a store shelf, but it offers little protection against pests, vermin, and your little fuzzy buddy.
How to Store Dog Food for Maximum Safety and Freshness
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If you read my dog food storage safety tips article, you already know why it’s never a good idea to store dry dog food in its original container. If you haven’t had the chance to peruse the article, I’ll go over it again.
When addressing the question of how to store dog food, it’s important to remember that the original bag your dry dog food comes in is not the greatest for keeping your food safe and fresh. That bag is merely the cheapest way for the company to transport their food. It’s only meant to get the food from the factory to the store to your home. It’s far cheaper for them to replace a ripped bag than it is for them to package it in a tough, durable container of some sort. That’s why it’s extremely important to transfer your dry food from the original bag to a safe container immediately.
My personal pick – and the only one I recommend – when it comes to properly storing dog food, is a durable plastic bin. When you really look at the question of how to store dog food, a bin is really the best option. A high quality, durable plastic bin protects your dry dog food from rodents, bugs, moisture, outside contaminants, and yes, even your own dog.
A dog food bag can’t do any of that. It is easily chewed through by rodents, there’s no effective way to reseal it to keep out bugs, and if your dog gets into it, it can eat itself into a condition called bloat. Bloat occurs when a dog eats for too much far too quickly. Its stomach literally bloats from the food and air it swallowed while gulping down all that food. While that in itself is painful, it can cause the stomach to fold over on itself, which could very easily lead to death. O_O
So when you address the question of how to store dog food, the only answer, in my opinion, is a tough, durable plastic bin. You can find them at any home improvement or general goods store. Just remember to get one with a lid that securely locks into place to prevent your dog from busting into it and eating itself stupid. =D
What is your favorite type of plastic bin to use to store dog food? Tell us in the comments.