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The best dog food storage practices to prevent waste and keep your pet healthy

No matter what kind of dog food you feed your pet – whether it's dry, canned or raw dog food – it's essential to follow good dog food storage practices. Proper food storage will help prevent unnecessary waste and keep your dog food from becoming contaminated with bacteria. When storing food, keep these crucial tips in mind.

1. Store original bag in airtight container

Some pet owners make the mistake of pouring dry food directly into a container, but this can cause food to go bad more quickly. The original packaging that your dog food came in is designed to limit moisture and airflow, which then prevents bacteria from growing. However, if you just keep your food in the original bag, the food will go stale. That's why it is best to keep food in the original packaging, and then place the bag in an airtight container.

2. Keep food stored in cool places

Where you store food will depend on the kind. For example, wet food is best stored in the refrigerator while dry food can be stored in the pantry. No matter what type of food you buy though, it is necessary to keep it in a cool, dry place. If dog food is left in a warm or humid environment for too long, it will start to go bad and you'll have to throw it away.

3. Wash container regularly

Washing your container will prevent bacteria from growing and stop old, rotten food from contaminating new food. When washing containers, use a gentle soap and hot water. Then make sure the container is completely dry before refilling it with new dog food.

Why let good food go to waste? Follow these three best dog-food-storage practices and keep your pet's food fresher and healthier for longer.

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