Dog food is like all food: if it isn’t stored properly, it goes off faster or attracts unwanted parasites. Besides this, although dog noses love the smell of their food, humans find its strong odour rather unpleasant.
However, what’s the best way to store dog food? First of all, the type of dog food already makes a difference. Wet food should be stored in a different way to dry food.
How to store wet dog Food
Dogs are similar to people: if they eat food that has gone off, they can get a stomach ache and diarrhoea. It is therefore even more important that dog food is stored properly. Open tins of dog food should be stored tightly sealed in the refrigerator.
If you want to save money and avoid packaging waste, you should buy large tins of dog food. Remember that food tins are made of metal that tends to have a chemical reaction when exposed to oxygen and can therefore oxidise. The resulting harmful substances can contaminate food that is stored in an open tin over several days. It therefore makes sense to transfer the food to a plastic food storage container. keeeper’s “fredo fresh” storage containers are available in various sizes. They are a practical and perfectly hygienic solution to keeping daily portions fresh by storing them in the refrigerator.
Regardless of which version you opt for, the dog must not eat the food before it has reached room temperature – never take it out of the refrigerator and put it straight into the bowl as this can lead to your pet suffering from indigestion..
At a glance: the right way to store wet dog food
• Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container
• Don’t keep it for too long once the tin has been opened
• Prevent metal oxidation from tins by transferring it to a plastic storage container
• Only feed it to your dog at room temperature
Wet dog food is commonly sold in tins. Unopened, these can be stored conveniently in a dry and cool larder or basement for longer periods. What is important is that wet dog food is not exposed to direct sunlight.
How to store dry dog food
Not only should you bear some important things in mind when it comes to the storage of wet dog food; dry dog food should be stored equally carefully.
Most dog owners will be familiar with this problem: if they don’t take extra care when opening the pack, the food not only spills onto the floor, but the pack also won’t close properly afterwards. Transferring it into suitable containers straight away is therefore a practical and clean solution. Storing dog food in suitable containers and boxes also makes it more difficult for your dog to help himself!
Whether a container with a lid, a storage bin or a storage box: airtight plastic and stainless steel containers ensure that snacks and dry dog food stay fresh. If you have to feed many dogs or your four-legged friend is quite big, buying a larger food container is a good idea. These storage bins can hold a lot of food, prevent any smells from escaping and are also easy to clean. Weatherproof and airtight containers can also be stored outdoors, for example in the basement or in the garage.
These lockable containers also ensure that none of the aroma is lost, and the food stays nice and fresh. If you need to store larger quantities of dry dog food, there are special dog food bins that hold up to 10 kilograms of dog food. A practical solution for smaller quantities of dog food are so-called dispensers or cereal boxes (paola, jean). The food can simply be dispensed from the container’s dispenser Opening.
Another important aspect to remember: the quantity of food required is much smaller as the food has been dried; it does not swell up until it has reached your dog’s stomach. You must therefore ensure that your dog has access to plenty of water.
At a glance: the right way to store dry dog Food
• A lockable cereal box, storage box or dog food bin is a good idea
• Plastic dispensers are convenient to use & make it easier to control the portion size
• Dry dog food must be stored in airtight and dry containers
How about a little snack for your dog?
Most dogs are not only fed their main meals but also spoiled with treats from time to time. These small snacks can be used as rewards or incentives, or simply given to your pet as a sign of appreciation. If you want to truly spoil your dog, you can make treats and dog biscuits yourself. Homemade dog biscuits are easy to make and you know exactly what your dog is eating. Unlike most of the dog snacks sold in shops, your homemade dog biscuits won’t contain any sugar, colourings, attractant additives and preservatives. They are also a good way to treat your dog to something special if it suffers from a lactose or gluten intolerance.
Plus, homemade dog biscuits are considerably cheaper than bought treats. Above all, it’s simply fun to spoil your four-legged friend with something special. Homemade dog biscuits will keep for around three months if stored in a plastic storage container.
DIY tip: Homemade dog treats with liver sausage
Liver sausage is one dog biscuit ingredient our four-legged friends particularly love. That is why we have decided to share a dog biscuit recipe that contains liver sausage with you: this dog biscuit dough is so easy to roll out that you can even use cookie cutters to cut it into nice shapes. It’s just like baking biscuits at Christmas…
• 200g rolled oats
• 200g porridge oats
• 300g cream cheese
• 200g liver sausage
• 12 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 egg
1. Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly (knead the ingredients, adding water if necessary, until you have a firm dough).
2. Roll out the dough and cut out the dog biscuits with a cookie cutter or simply use a knife to cut the dough into pieces.
3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and spread the treats on the tray.
4. Put the baking tray into a cold oven. Set the temperature at 180°C (fan-assisted) and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Wait until the treats are completely cool before feeding them to your dog to prevent nasty burns.
Keep on baking!