Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Storage

Helen asks…

Can you feed puppy food to an adult dog?

My relative has a whole 18lb bag of Chicken Soup Puppy Food, I am adopting a 2 year old dog from the shelter this week, would I be able to give him the puppy food so it doesn’t go to waste, it is a pretty good expensive dog food, please let me know, thank you

Jimmy answers:

That dog food is AAFCO certified as complete nutrition for all life stages. That means its OK to feed it to adult dogs, geriatric dogs and puppies. Its 28% protien and 17% fat. Many adult dog foods have more fat and protein. Unless its gone bad in storage it will be fine for your adult dog. Feed it, don’t waste it.

Charles asks…

is keeping dry dog food outside in hot temperatures bad?

i know it is i asked the owner of a pet food store and he said it is.. but just want to get answers from other people too

Jimmy answers:

Yes, corn can grow mold. Yes, insects and mice can get into outdoor kept kibble. But most important, kibble does not have an indefinite storage life. Have you ever opened a bag of potato chips, crackers, or nuts and realized they were bad? Mostly, its the oils that go rancid. Unfortunately, ALL kibble is processed with heated oil. Therefore, oil can go bad. Heat will make it go bad quicker.

If you use up all your outside kept kibble every two weeks, being sure to feed to the last nugget, you are probably ok. Any longer and you risk the oils in the kibble going bad. Keep it indoors if your bag lasts longer than that. I actually buy the big bags of kibble for my two cats. They dont go through it very fast, so I put some of it into a storage container, seal the remainder, and freeze it in my chest freezer. Yes, you can freeze kibble! This saves me a lot of money by allowing me to buy in bulk.

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Betty asks…

Beneful Dog food with Grain/Flour mites…How to get rid???

ur Beneful Dog Food is infested with them-We didn’t realize it at first because it just looked like the food just got a little moist from the humidity but then it spread outside the storage container and onto the shelf. When I cleaned it it just came back (we just had our hardwood floors sanded and thought it was a little saw dust) then it came back even more but instead it was whiter/like cream of wheat. I looked closer at it and each little white spec was moving! Pet Smart told us that they were weevils (????) whatever those are…. We store this food in our kitchen pantry in an air tight container and it still spread every where. I have thrown every open container out and thoroughly bleached the entire pantry but are they really gone? and what about my dogs (cocker spaniel and maltese)??? The maltese has been throwing up daily. What is this????

Jimmy answers:

I’d take the dogs in to the vet just to be safe. And I’d start using a better food than Beneful! That stuff is crap with or without Weevils!

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to dump cheap leftovers in. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n’ Bits, Beneful, Ol’Roy.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timber Wolf Organics.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diet’s include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! And Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

Some of the high end foods can be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness and Solid Gold. If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

Remember that foods should be switched gradually, especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:

http://www.barfworld.com/

http://www.rawfed.com/

http://www.rawlearning.com/

http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

More on dog food:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog’s food.)
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Anything with five or six stars is a great food.)

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