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2017-01-26

Storage tips offer pet owners good food for thought

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(MS) -- Put your hand up if you routinely check expiration dates on the food you buy. For many of us, that is just common sense. So, too, is properly storing food once we get it home. If you're a pet owner, though, can you say the same for the food you buy for your dog or cat?
Correct storage of pet food is extremely important to keep it fresh and to ensure the well-being of your pet. Here's how:
* Start by choosing a high quality pet food for your dog or cat. For example, companies like Petcurean, which makes GO! and NOW FRESH, ensure their products meet very high manufacturing standards and that recipes are crafted using the highest quality ingredients.
* Store kibble in a cool, dry location. Avoid areas like basements or open containers where condensation or temperature changes can encourage mold growth. Canned food should be covered and can be kept in the refrigerator for three to five days. It also can be frozen, but move it into ice cube trays or another freezable container first.
* Avoid storing pet food in reusable plastic containers, unless the food is left in the bag. Plastic containers may not be airtight and the material itself can absorb fat and oils, increasing the risk of food becoming rancid.
* Refrigerate or discard any uneaten canned food immediately.
* Store pet food away from young children and from pets themselves. Don't allow pets near an open or empty bag of food, which can be a safety concern.
* Check best before dates on pet food, which are sometimes found on the back of the bag or on the bottom of the can. FP145188