No matter which type of Royal Canin food you choose to feed your pet, pet food storage is an important matter that should be addressed. It would seem ridiculous for you to leave your food uncovered on the kitchen counter overnight, in the pantry without a proper container, or in a leaky plastic bag. Doing so would expose your food to breeding bacteria, germs, and maybe even an unwanted ant or two. In the same manner, pets need food that is fresh, healthy, and has been stored correctly. Pets are susceptible to food poisoning just like we are. Here are some of our best tips for storing pet food in a pet-friendly fashion.
- When buying pet food, thoroughly check the bag for tears, rips, or any other signs of damage. Package breaks could mean possible contamination to the food. Look for ?Use By? or ?Sell By? dates that will gives clues to how long the food will be good for. Keep in mind that 6 weeks after opening, the pet food will have lost its nutritional value.
- containers are either plastic or wood. While the wooden containers are strong and ideal for keeping insects out, they are often not as airtight as the plastic ones.
- While it's a common practice to empty the entire contents of the pet food package directly intoa storage container, this is not advisable. Residual fats and oils will settling to the bottom and create a mess and make it difficult if you wish to place fresh food in the container later on. Also keep in mind that some plastic containers may give off harmful chemicals that will leak into the food, especially if stored in a warm place.
- Wet pet food in cans and pouches should be promptly refrigerated or discarded if unused. Keeping wet pet food in a sealed container in your refrigerator will prevent the growth of any harmful bacteria. Keep the refrigerator at 40 degrees F, and occasionally check the accuracy of the setting with a refrigerator thermometer.