How to Keep your Pet’s Food Fresh
As a caring pet parent, you have many responsibilities. One of the most obvious and most important is ensuring that your furbaby is getting the food that they need to keep them happy and healthy. Nutrition is absolutely essential for the proper growth and ongoing wellbeing of any animal, and failing to provide the right balance of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins
Knowing exactly what to feed your pet can be tricky. After all, the pet food market is enormous and there are dozens of brands each offering dozens of varieties of food: wet, dry, canned, pouched, targeted at specific breeds, ages or health conditions... If you aren’t sure what to feed your pet, our veterinarian will be able and happy to guide you towards the right type
Why feeding fresh is so important
Many pet parents opt to feed their animal friends either a dry or canned diet, largely because these varieties of food tend to be the most budget-friendly. While most dry and canned foods have a long shelf-life, they won’t stay fresh forever, and once some are open, they can spoil quite quickly.
While a large number of pets, especially dogs, aren’t too fussy about what they eat, feeding food that is no longer fresh can put your animal at serious risk. When air and moisture penetrate food produce, it can cause bacteria and mold, both of which can make your pet sick. The nutrients in the food can also lose some of their quality, meaning that your pet may not get the nutrition he needs to keep him in the best possible health. Finally, if your pet food is kept in stores outside, there is also a risk of penetration by insects or rodents, both of which carry bacteria.
Tips for keeping your pet’s food fresh and safe to eat
So, what is the best way to ensure that your pet’s food is as safe and fresh as possible? The answer largely depends on whether you choose wet or dry food.
Storing dry food
Most bags of dry food are built with the purpose of being able to store the food inside for as long as six to eight weeks. This means that they should keep out elements like light, heat
Air is the most common element that causes dry food to spoil, so ensure that you open the bag very carefully so that it can be rolled down and secured using a clip between meals. This should prevent the food from being exposed to the open air for prolonged periods.
Storing wet/canned food
Open canned food has a much shorter
Again, you should make sure that you keep your cans off of ground level, and in a cool and dry location.
If you need further advice on how to keep your pet’s food fresh, contact and speak to our veterinary team today.