Dog Food Storage

Food Storage Mistakes Can Seriously Affect Your Dog’s Health!

Improper food storage can result in bacteria and mold growth, and fats going rancid. Consuming this food can contribute to chronic health problems for your pets.

If your dog or cats stops eating the food you have been feeding don't try to dress the food up to make it more appetizing. They may have refused to eat due to an infestation of mites, or the presence of bacteria, mold, or rancid fats.  Offer your dog something else to eat. If he or she eats the new food you offered, there may be a problem with the food you've been feeding. If your dog is refusing something else tasty you offered, they may not be feeling well. For a healthy adult dog there is no harm in them fasting, in fact it is recommended by many veterinarians. But if you have a puppy, diabetic dog, or unhealthy senior dog contact your veterinarian.

All non-refrigerated food should be stored in a cool dry location. Store dry kibble by placing the entire bag (original bag) into an airtight plastic food container, without pouring it out. Pouring out the food exposes it to air which can decrease the foods shelf life and nutritional value.

Over time pouring dry kibble into a plastic food container will result in the fats sprayed on the kibble leaving a film on the inside of the container which will go rancid and contaminate any new kibble poured into the container. This can be avoided by placing the entire bag into an airtight plastic food container.

Storing dog food in an air-tight container protects the food from infestation from rodents, molds, and mites, and ants. Air-tight containers increase food safety by protecting the dog food from moisture which is required for bacteria and mold to grow. The oils on dry kibble starts to degrade as soon as the bag is opened. The fats in time will turn rancid and the vitamins and antioxidants slowly degrade.

Shelf life(unopened)  

Use by date only applies to unopened bags and canned food.

  • Canned food generally over a year

  • Dry (kibble) 6-12 months

  • Raw frozen - 3-4 month shelf life if stored properly

  • Whole raw meats up to 12-months in freezer.

  • Ground meats RAW Diets 3-4 months

Canned Food

Opened cans – Manufacturer recommendation

  • Generally 3-5 days

  • Store in the refrigerator covered

Dry Food - Kibble

Protect from heat, moisture, and air.

  • Check date on bag

  • Keep dry.

  • Best stored between 40-60 f.

  • Above 68 f decreases shelf life.

  • Best if used within 14 -days.

  • Food companies have not published shelf life of open bags. (To many variables)

  • Place entire bag in airtight plastic food container without pouring it out.

  • Don't pour old food into new bag.

Pouring out the food exposes it to air which can decrease the foods shelf life and nutritional value. 

Over time pouring the dry kibble into a plastic food container will result in the fats on the kibble leaving a film on the inside of the container which will go rancid and cause any new kibble poured into the plastic food container going rancid faster.

Keeping food in bag provides you the barcode and identifiers should there be a recall

• If dry food becomes moist throw out
• Change of color throw out
• Smells rancid (like paint) throw out
• Dog won’t eat. Throw out!

If Your Dog Stops Eating!

If your dog or cats stops eating the food you have been feeding don't add or mix in anything to make the food more appetizing. They may have refused to eat due to an infestation of mites, or the presence of bacteria, mold, or rancid fats. Improper food storage can result in bacteria and mold growth, and fats going rancid. Consuming this food can contribute to chronic health problems.

Offer your dog something else to eat. If they eat the new food you offered, there may be a problem with the food you've been feeding. If your dog is refusing something else tasty you offered, they may not be feeling well. For a healthy adult dog there is no harm in them fasting, in fact it is recommended by many veterinarians. But if you have a puppy, diabetic dog, or senior dog contact your veterinarian.