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Great Tips for Storing Pet Food

June 1 2016

Proper nutrition is essential to your pet’s health and well-being. You may already realize that choosing the right food and doling out the correct serving sizes are both very important parts of a good pet care regimen. But did you know that how you store your pet’s food is also important? A local Lawrenceville, GA vet offers some great pet food storage tips in this article.


Pet Pantry


Why not dedicate a piece of furniture to storing your furbaby’s things? There are many attractive options for pet pantries. You can use a small armoire or jelly cupboard, or just get a standalone cabinet.


Storage Containers


Do you buy kibble in bulk? You can use a plastic storage tote to store it. Put the tote in a wicker chest or hamper, or even a trunk, to make it look more attractive. Or, go pick up a new stainless-steel trashcan. For cat food and smaller kibble, you can use a glass jar, or even a pitcher. Just be sure to choose something that closes securely. Remember to wash your pet’s food container out regularly. If you use plastic, you’ll need to replace it once it starts getting scratched and worn, as those tiny cracks can harbor dangerous bacteria.


Storage Conditions


Dry food should be stored at room temperature, or slightly cooler. Avoid storing dry food in damp areas, as it can quickly grow dangerous mold. Canned food is a bit trickier. It will spoil quickly if left out, but if you just put the can in the fridge, it will quickly lose its flavor. Use glass or plastic storage containers. Also, be sure to discard uneaten canned food right away.


Treats


If there’s one thing our furry friends love, it’s treats. Why not put your four-legged buddy’s snacks in a special jar? You can get a cute cookie jar, or just use a regular glass or ceramic container.


Serving Sizes


It’s very easy to overfeed Fido and Fluffy. Even giving your furball a few too many calories each day can cause your pet to rapidly pack on pounds. Use a scoop, a large measuring cup, or a marked pitcher to measure your furry pal’s food. Remember to wash these frequently!


Do you have any questions about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Please feel free to call us, your Lawrenceville, GA animal clinic, anytime.

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