Identifying There’s a Problem with Your Dog’s Food

I have had several clients tell me that their dog suddenly stopped eating their food. The food they normally enjoy without complaint is no longer of interest to them. They may pick at it or walk up, sniff and turn their nose up and/or intermittently skip meals. Often times, out of the blue, they begin to experience bathroom issues and vomiting. As a savvy pet parent, you notice this change in behavior and draw the conclusion that something is a muck with your dog’s food.

So, you run out to the local pet store and pick up a new brand of dog food for your pooch. You may even step up a level and spend a little more because you’re concerned. You’re feeling pretty good about your purchase, you rush home, pour your dog a bowl of kibble and the following ensues:

  • Your dog digs in and enjoys his/her new culinary delights
  • Within the next day or two however, the same routine of avoiding their food emerges again
  • And now, you’re seriously considering a trip to the veterinarian

How Do You Store Your Dog Food?

First question I ask is: Do you store your food in a plastic container?

Plastic is porous? Because of this, it’s an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow causing a contamination of any food stored in that container. Even if you throw out the food in the container and pour in a fresh bag of food, it will immediately be contaminated!

Action to take:

  1. Buy a brand new bag of food. Do NOT add the food to the container. Feed straight out of the bag. If your dog eats the food with no problem, you have a contaminated container!
  2. Throw away the container and any food that’s been stored in it.

How to Store Dry Pet Food:

A glass or metal storage container is the best and safest long-term storage option. They are not porous and the risk of bacterial growth is minimal. Glass and metal storage containers should be washed out every 3-6 months.

If you must use a plastic container, get an inexpensive one. This container must be discarded every 3-6 months. Leave the food in the bag and place it in the container. The bag is designed to last the life of the food.

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