Tips on Storing and Preparing Dog Food and Treats
This resource is meant as a guide to help you with storing and preparing dog food and treats safely for your canine companion.
If you would like to download this resource please click on the green button.
How to Store Dog Food and Treats:
- Practice first-in, first-out: use up older food first.
- Store dry food in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
- Keep frozen food in the freezer until use.
- Bulging cans of wet dog food should be discarded.
- Either wet or dry food is fine. Consider a dental cleaning dry food if your dog has gingivitis or soft foods for older dogs that have difficulty chewing.
- Measure food to avoid overfeeding. Portion according to this chart from the WSAVA by clicking here.
- How long can you leave wet dog food out? What about raw food? Throw away moist, wet or raw food after (2) hours if not eaten.
- Stainless steel dishes are best because they resist bacterial growth.
- Wash your hands with warm soapy water after handling dog food.
- Regularly wash and sanitize food dishes.
Disclaimer: healthcareforpets.com and its team of veterinarians and clinicians do not endorse any products, services, or recommended advice. All advice presented by our veterinarians, clinicians, tools, resources, etc is not meant to replace a regular physical exam and consultation with your primary veterinarian or other clinicians. We always encourage you to seek medical advice from your regular veterinarian.