How to store your pet’s food safely

We spend hundreds of Rands each year buying food for our pets but few of us give much thought to the best way to store and preserve it when we buy in bulk. There is a right way and a wrong way. Do it right and you’re not only saving yourself money, you’ll also be guarding your pet (and your family) against disease.

Seal food bags properly between uses

Most dry food bags have Ziploc seals. If left open, food will age more quickly. It will also attract nasties like mould which could make your pet ill. Ensure the seal is properly locked each time you use the bag.

Invest in a sealable container

Some pet nutrition companies like Hill’s have created special dry food containers that are designed specifically to lock in freshness and keep out damp. Our EberVet Vetshop team can assist you in sourcing these. Alternatively, purchase a reliable, waterproof and sealable container that is easily accessible and stores comfortably and easily in your kitchen or pantry and decant your pet food into it.

Always store pet food in a cool, dark place in your home

Warmth and damp encourage mould, flies and other bugs to invade to your pet food.

Refrigerate promptly any unusued wet or moist pet food

If you feed your pet tinned or pouch wet food, ensure it is refrigerated immediately after opening. If you have used only a portion of a tin, decant from the tin into a sealed plastic or glass container. Do not leave in the tin.

Freeze bones and chews

Many of the bones and chewy treats you buy your pets contain liver and peanut butter. These must be properly stored to prevent them attracting flies or going off. Freezing is your best option.

Wash pet food bowls after each use

Pet owners who feed their pets wet food or the occasional wet treat need to be especially vigilant about this. Wet food residue will attract flies and that could lead to maggots and ultimately to disease. Disease means vets bills and even contamination that could be passed onto you and your family! Always be vigilant about hygiene.

Invest in new bowls

Keep a close eye on your pet’s food and water bowls. Are they scratched, worn, chipped or cracked? Even the tiniest scratch or chip attracts bacteria. It is easier to prevent disease than to cure it; keeping food bowls bacteria-free is a smart investment.