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Dogs have a different diet than human beings. From time to time, there is a need to change a dog’s food preparation due to a variety of reasons. One is for his nutritional requirements, next food for his aging body and lastly food that will help in the prevention of diseases and infections. In reality, dog foods are expensive. Of course, nothing in the world will quantify an owner’s love for his pet as he’ll do anything that will provide him with the best welfare.

A sealed food container when opened and exposed to light or air, the “oxidation” process begins. It is when food becomes rancid way too quickly and losing its freshness, taste, and odor which makes it unappetizing to eat. The process is not something that can be prevented. However, it can be delayed. For a dog food to be eaten before it becomes rancid, you have to store dog food properly.

Listed below are the different type of dog food and how to properly store it.

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Canned food

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When a canned food is unopened, it can last up to the shelf life of 2-5 years. Considering that is stored in a dry and warm place. Also, the canning method and the ingredients affect its longevity. Dog food stored in plastic tubs do not last longer than a canned one. Before purchasing, make sure that the expiration date is longer than 2 years from the present date. Also, if you have prior stocks, make sure to open those before using the new ones.

Dry food

Manufacturers have dedicated themselves to prolonging the serviceable time of their products. The same goes for dry dog food manufacturers. After purchasing a bag of dry food, owners should seal the bag air-tight and out of direct sunlight. One way of doing this is purchasing an opaque plastic container with airtight lids for sealed freshness. You can empty a bag of newly-bought dog food into one of this container and store it in a dry place away from insects and rodents.

Raw food

These are foods not intended for storage. If you feed your dog raw food, once opened, its freshness will only last up to 1-2 days. It’s best to have this one eaten by the dog immediately after opening its package.

Dehydrated foods or freeze-dried foods

Foods that fall under this category rely on natural antioxidants. Thus, it has a shorter shelf life than others. When storing these, make sure that you put it in a cool and dry place so that molds and bacteria won’t grow.

These are just general guidelines when storing your pet’s dog food. There are a lot of factors that can vary shelf lives stated in this article, such as the presence of natural preservatives. Artificial preservatives like BHT and BHA do not break down easily. It is best to read what’s on the packaging label to see what is the ideal or preferred method of storing it. That way, you can be sure that you are giving the right food to your pet.

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