Dog food is like any other food: if the food is not stored properly, it spoils more quickly or attracts other unwanted eaters. Dogs’ noses like the smell of pet food, but the penetrating smell is rather disturbing to humans.
So how best to store dog food? First of all, a distinction must be made between the different types of food. Wet food does not keep the same way as dry food.
storing wet food
Dogs and humans alike, rancid food can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. This makes it all the more important to store this type of food properly. Opened cans containing moist food should be sealed tightly and stored in the refrigerator.
If you want to save money and avoid generating can waste as much as possible, it is advisable to buy large cans of dog food. Note, however, that cans are metal cans that tend to produce a chemical reaction when in contact with oxygen and can oxidize. The pollutants generated could be transferred to the food if the food remains in the opened can for several days. In this case, it makes sense to transfer the food to food cans. Fredo fresh” keeeper cans are available in different sizes. This means that the daily rations can be conveniently and hygienically stored in the refrigerator in a cool place.
Whichever variant you choose, the dog should only consume the food at room temperature. Never pour food directly from the refrigerator into the bowl, as this could cause digestion problems for your little darlings.
At a glance: storing moist food properly
– Keep food tightly closed in the refrigerator.
– Short shelf life after opening
– Avoid oxidation of metal cans and if necessary, transfer food to a food can
– Give only food at room temperature.
Wet foods are usually dispensed in cans, which allows them to be stored unopened, dry, and cool, conveniently in the pantry or cellar for a long period of time. The important thing is not to expose wet foods to direct sunlight.
There are a few storage rules that must be followed not only for wet foods but also for dry foods.
storage of dry food
Most dog owners have experienced this: If the package is opened carelessly, not only does the food fall to the ground, but the packages end up not closing properly. The practical and clean solution is therefore to immediately transfer the food into suitable containers. Storing dog food in suitable cans also makes it more difficult for the dog to access the food to serve itself.
Whether it’s a can with a lid, a container, or a supply crate, the airtight plastic, and stainless steel containers ensure that the treats and dry food remain fresh. Buying a larger food container may be worthwhile if you have many dogs to care for or if your four-legged animal is large enough. These large containers preserve the aroma and are easy to clean. Sealed and weatherproof, the containers can also be stored outside, for example in the basement or garage.
In addition, containers with a closure preserve the aroma and keep the food fresh. If you need to store larger quantities of dry food, there are food containers that can hold up to 10 kg of dog food. Spout cans or cereal boxes (Paola, jeans) are also very handy for small quantities of food. The food is simply poured through the opening.
Please also note: the amount of food is much smaller due to the drying of the food and it swells in the dog’s belly. It is therefore important to make sure that the dog has enough water available.
At a glance: storing dry food well
– It is recommended to use a cereal box, a storage box, or a closable food container.
– The plastic spout boxes are easy to handle and allow for a good dosage.
– Store food in a dry, airless place.
how about giving him a little dog treat?
Most dogs receive not only their main food but also occasional treats. These small pieces can be used as a reward, an incentive, or simply as a little attention for your little darling. Those who want to do something good for their dog can make dog treats and cakes themselves. Making cookies yourself is absolutely not difficult and you know exactly what you are feeding your dog. Those who make their own dog treats can do without the sugar, dyes, bait, and preservatives often found in store-bought treats. Dogs that are lactose or cereal intolerant will be happy to do so.
In addition, homemade dog cakes are significantly less expensive than store-bought treats. And it’s simply a pleasure to spoil your four-legged friend with something special. Packaged in a plastic box, homemade dog cakes will keep for about three months.
Preparation tip: homemade dog treats with liver sausage
Liver sausage is one of the ingredients in dog cakes that four-legged animals love. That’s why we present a dog cake recipe with Liverwurst:
The dog cake dough is so spreadable that you can cut out beautiful shapes with a cookie cutter. Exactly like Christmas cookies…
– 200 g large oat flakes
– 200 g of small oat flakes
– 300 g fresh cheese
– 200 g liver sausage
– 12 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 egg
1. Pour the ingredients into a container and mix. (Knead the ingredients, add water if necessary, until a solid paste is obtained).
2. Spread the dough and cut out the dog cookies with a cookie cutter or simply with a knife.
3. Cover a baking tray with baking paper and spread the treats on it.
4. Insert the baking tray into the cold oven. Set the temperature to 180 °C (fan heat) and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Allow the treats to cool down well before offering them to the dog to prevent him from getting burned while nibbling them.