Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Storage

Ken asks…

How to store dog food for long term storage?

We have two dogs right now and I was wondering how to store dog food for multiple years in case of disaster without it going bad. Please save your, “your crazy” comments to yourself. Thank you! For your answer!

Jimmy answers:

Dry dog food can be stored much like dried human foods. I suggest Mylar bags with an 02 absorber in five gallon buckets. This will greatly extend the shelf life of your dog food. The buckets will keep out unwanted rodents that would chew their way through the bags. Yes, Mylar bags are expensive but plastic is not an oxygen barrier. Keeping your dog food dry and oxygen free will greatly extend the shelf life.

Most can foods will generally have a 3 years ‘best by’ date on them. I suggest they will still be fine for another two years or more after that much like human food is.

The key to all food storage is stock rotation. Store what you use and use what you store. Build up a good supply and then start using it and replace it as you go. You will never have to worry about anything going bad that way. People who buy a ten year supply of something and stick it in their closet and never use it are going to get a nasty surprise someday.

Charles asks…

Hello, Im getting a dog, any help on care, maintenance, and costs?

i would like to know some basic expenses for a dog, although, he is adopted, so hes got shots and neutering done, some expenses for housing and food, and some ideas on training, feeding and exercises. He is a puppy, black, cross between Lab and fox terrier. basically, im a total noob at dogs, and i need to know ANYTHING & EVERYTHING :D

Jimmy answers:

It’s not as expensive to have a dog as may people claim, as long as you’re not extravagant. There’s a huge range of dog foods available ranging from really inexpensive to what you might pay for filet mignon. Purina and Pedigree make great mid-priced foods and if you buy 40-pound bags, you save a fortune over buying saller bags. You can get an airtight plastic tote for food storage in the home storage section at Wal-Mart or Target for less than $15 to keep the food fresh. My mom uses a lidded plastic garbage can for that purpose.

Since you’ll probably want to crate train your dog, you can often find used crates on Craigslist.com for about half of what you’ll pay at PetSmart. When my dog no longer needed her crate, I sold it locally on eBay for $45, which was half the original price (it’s the biggest crate available, so don’t be freaked out by the price).

Your dog will need to be walked often, especially during potty training. And puppies require lots of exercise, so the more time you can spend playing outdoors with him, the better. The last walk before bedtime should help wear him out, though he may still need to go out during the night until he’s older and has better bladder control. Letting him sleep in his crate beside your bed is a good thing, since you can hear him if he cries to go outside during the night. Also, he’ll know you’re nearby, which will comfort him. If he cries during the night, you can put a wind-up clock into his crate with him, since the ticking mimics the sound of his mother’s heartbeat. Many puppies also do well when you place an article of your clothing or a pillow case on which you’ve slept into the crate. Since dogs live for their people, your scent will reassure him.

Depending on where you live, you might have to keep him on heartworm preventative yearround, though many dogs in colder climates don’t require this. I pay about $52 for a six-month supply of HeartGuard, though it’s available at a discount at 1800petmeds.com. Your vet will advise you about which preventative is best for your dog during his annual visit for booster shots and vaccines.

In a typical year, I estimate I pay vet bills of about $300, which includes all the shots my dog needs and her heartworm preventative. There have been a few extra vet visits over the years (little injuries such as torn paw pad or swolen leg), but those are pretty rare and none has cost me more than $100. It’s worth noting that my vet is an emergency clinic, so the prices are higher than they are at most veterinary offices. Ask your friends with dogs where they take their pets, since you can glean a lot of information that way.

As for housebreaking, it looks like another poster has covered that in detail! To prevent your puppy from chewing everything in sight, he should have his own toys (never an old slipper or shoe, since those will lead him to believe it’s okay to chew your things) and be supervised whenever he’s outside of his crate. He’ll be teething for months before his adult teeth come in, so chew toys are a big help. Once he’s a few months old, inquire at PetSmart or search the phone book for obedience classes. They’re generally really cheap in a group setting, but will help both you and your dog learn what’s expected of you both if you’re to have a well-behaved dog.

Since you’re new to the dog scene, ask your vet any questions you have about your new role as a dogmother. It’s largely something you learn by doing, so patience and dedication are as important as any rules you’ll read here. Good luck and I wish you and your dog many happy years together!

John asks…

How to keep dog food?

I was just wondering if after opening a bag of dog food can it last for 5 and a half months if the bag is rolled tightly or if the food is in an air tight container? Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question lol my friend gave me a big un opened bag of dog food that will last my dogs quite a while. Don’t know if this makes a difference, but the brand they get is Orijen. Thanks.

Jimmy answers:

Why not invest in the Pet Food Storage Container is an excellent storage bin for all your pet’s staples including:

Pet Food;
Cat Litter;
Small Pet Bedding.

Made from a durable plastic, with sealing lid and built in scoop, makes the Pet Food Storage Container strong, compact and versatile.

Its unique design will help to prevent pests accessing the container; as well as keeping those pesky pets from trying to sneak an extra meal.

A perfect solution for keeping your pet’s staples, clean, tidy and contained.

Material: Polypropylene

Approximate Dimensions (Packaged):

12kg: 44 x 78 x 59cm;
20kg: 61 x 28 x 50cm

Approximate Dimensions (Product):

12kg: 28 x 49 x 28cm
20kg: 61 x 28 x 50cm.

Approximate Product Weight (for Delivery charge calculation): .

12kg: 1.74kg;
20kg: 2.22kg.

Ref: V00760

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