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How to Store Dog Food

Learn where and how to store your pet food to keep it safe & fresh for your dog.


A dog with its tongue out while its owner places a bowl in front of it

Pet parents spend billions every year on pet food. Why let any of it go stale? When we purchase dog food, we want it to be as fresh, safe and healthy for our pets as possible. One of the ways to help ensure our dog food is safe and fresh is storing the food properly when we get it home.

Here are some tips from the FDA on properly storing your pet food:

Keep It High and Dry

Keep all of your pet food and treats in a secure location away from your pets. Pantries and laundry rooms are great places for storing foods, as long as the rooms are temperate. Dog food should be stored at room temperature in a place where it does not reach above 80 degrees. Heat and moisture may cause your food to degrade.

Hang Onto The Bag

Always keep your kibble and treats in their original packaging. This allows you to have important information handy, such as expiration dates, bar codes and lot numbers, should you need them. If your pet food doesn’t come in a re-sealable bag, you can use large clips to close the bag.

Seal It Up

If you want to use another container, use a storage container with a tight seal. The FDA recommends keeping your kibble in its original packaging and placing the bag in the other container. Your container should be airtight and have a tight seal and stored at room temperature.

Take Notes

If you want to pour the kibble directly in your storage container, keep a journal handy with the expiration date, lot number and bar code. Or, you could tape this information to the container if you remember to update it with each new bag. Before adding another bag of kibble, remember to thoroughly wash and dry the container when it is empty.

Refrigerate Wet Leftovers

Put leftover wet food in the refrigerator. Your wet food contains meat and other products that will spoil, so it’s important you put all uneaten food in the refrigerator for safe keeping (you can safely bring it back to room temperature to make it more appealing the second time around).

When storing in the refrigerator, put the food in a new container with a tight seal. Glass containers work very well. This helps the pet food retain its flavor rather than picking up any undesirable flavors from the refrigerator, original can or packaging. Also consider labeling the container as “pet food” to avoid any confusion with fridge grazers!

Plus…Wash Up Daily

Remember to always wash your dog’s food bowls and scooping utensils after each use and wash their water dishes daily. If you follow these simple rules, your pet food should remain fresh and safe and your pets will remain happy and healthy.