How much time do you spend thinking about your pet’s food? Chances are, not much. You probably run in and out of the grocery store as fast as possible and fold the bag over before putting it in the closet.
It’s time to slow down and think more carefully about your dog’s food and how you’re storing it! Here are some tips from a professional veterinarian on shopping for the right chow for your pet and how to store it when you get home.
Choose a healthy formula
Just like there’s a lot of junk food at the grocery store, there’s a lot of junk dog food at the pet store. Although low-quality food will technically sustain your canine, it won’t help him thrive.
Dogs are omnivores, which means they can eat plants and meat, but you should look for a food that contains meat as the first ingredient. Avoid ingredients that list “meat by product” or “meat meal”.
Don’t get caught up in the labels. Terms like “premium” and “natural” don’t mean anything because they aren’t regulated. Instead, look to see if the food is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This label means the food meets basic nutritional requirements, according to the AAFCO, which can help you narrow in on a high-quality kibble.
Think carefully about the size of the bag
Bigger isn’t always better, but it can be. If you have a large dog, a large bag is probably a good idea. It will prevent you from running to the store once or twice a week, and it will help you save a little bit of money too.
However, if you have a small dog breed, a huge bag may not be a good idea. It will likely go stale before your pooch has a chance to eat it all. You’ll end up spending even more money because most of the kibble will end up in the garbage.
Store the food in an airtight container
No matter how big the bag, you should always store your pet’s food in an airtight container. Not only will an airtight container keep the food fresh, which means you can buy bigger bags, it also prevents the food from getting contaminated.
Contact your veterinarian for more help choosing and storing your dog’s food.