Customers and retailers of pet food have had to be on their toes lately with all the different pet food recalls in the news. There have also been 14 cases of humans being infected with salmonella in nine states, the centers for disease control and prevention are involved in searching for reasons why these might occur. One major reason is from handling dry dog food and then handling their own food or from cross-contamination with utensils. Improper pet food storage can also cause the food to rot and your pet to get sick.
These are some proper pet food storage tips that you should be aware of:
- Purchase products with no visible signs of damage to the packaging, such as dents, tears, or discolorations.
- If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid. Keep the top of the bag folded or closed.
- Store dry pet food and pet treats in a cool, dry place under 80 F.
- Promptly refrigerate or discard unused, leftover wet pet food and containers. The refrigerator should be set at 40 F.
- Do not handle or store pet food in areas where human’s food is prepared.
- Feed pets in areas other than the kitchen.
- Use a clean, dedicated scoop, spoon or cup to scoop pet food. Do not use the pet bowl.
- Wash pet food bowls, dishes and scooping utensils with soap and hot water regularly. Avoid washing these items in the kitchen sink or bathtubs to prevent cross-contamination. If there is no alternative, sanitize the sink area after these items have been cleaned and removed.
- Do not allow children younger than 5 to touch pet food. Treats or supplements. Keep children away from pet feeding areas.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with water and soap right after handling per food and treats, after contact with animals or their environments. Especially before preparing, serving or eating food or drinks or preparing baby bottles.
- Clean up after your pet. Scoop the litter box and clean up dog waste in the yard daily.
Proper pet food storage can help you save money and keep your pets healthy. By following these tips you can save much money from hospital bills and keep your pets longer.