Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Storage

William asks…

What is the quality of Diamond Naturals Dog Food?

I’m purchasing my first puppy soon (Springer Spaniel), and I know the importance of feeding a good quality dog food. I’m not in to the raw diets, just a good quality dry dog food. I used to work at Petco so I’m fairly familiar with what brands are good and what are not, but I am also on a pretty tight budget. I’d like to feed Blue Buffalo or Evo but I just can’t afford it.

What about Diamond Naturals? I believe we sold it at Petco; I’ve done a bit of investigating and it *looks* like a good brand for the price…

Ingredient list for small breed puppy formula (up to 45 lbs)-

Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, whole grain brown rice, beet pulp, fish meal, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, salmon oil (a source of DHA), potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, yucca schidigera extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

I see no sweetners, dyes, chemical preservatives, or Menadione.
I am *fishy* about seeing “fish meal” listed twice, as well as “egg product” instead of just “eggs”.

Which brings me to another question… Would an adult Springer fall in to the large breed category? Average adult weight for a female is 45-50 lbs, but that seems to be the cut off between most small and large breed formulas…


Jimmy answers:

I have used this food for my show dogs off and on for years. I have decided to stick with Diamond Natural Dog food. They had an incident with their food a few years ago, but it was not the Naturals product. The problem was mold from the corn storage area in Georgia, but the Naturals does not contain corn so it was not involved. I had no problems with it other than being not able to buy over two 40 pound bags of it which doesn’t last very long for me. This was not an issue with the food but with the feed store.
A Springer is a medium sized dog.

Linda asks…

Can I put my dry dog food in this barrel (link)?

I have asked a question similar to this a while back but I didn’t really get the kind of answers I was looking for (no one said it was a good idea nor a bad idea)

I’m interested in buying this barrel – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DOG-CAT-HORSE-FOOD-SEALABLE-STORAGE-CONTAINER-DRUM-NEW-/320742048110?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Dogs&hash=item4aadb7416e

To store my dog food in. I’m going for a 50L and I’m going to store 7KG of food in ther which will last 27 days (give or take) and I will clean it out after every use. I have heard some people use it for dig food.

Will be safe to pour dog food in for 27 days?
Dose anyone pour they’re dog food into a plastic container/barrel?
Do you pour the food straight in? Do keep the bag?

Jimmy answers:

As long as it can be sealed so that it is air tight, it will work.
I also buy in bulk and store dry for about a month, I use a large plastic contained with an air tight lock, never had the food go bad or get insect infestation.
I live in Florida, so if it works for me, should work anywhere.

I open the bag all the way on top and put it in the container, easier to clean that way when the bag is empty, you just lift it out.
Not sure if that’s important because I have a somewhat smaller plastic container, same kind with an air tight lid for cat food and pour the food straight into that (too narrow to fit the bag whole) and never had a problem there either.

The food is in the laundry room which is not quite as cool as the rest of the house, but never had a problem.

Betty asks…

Dog food: Storage and amount bought?

How do you store your dog‘s dry food? In the bag it came in, in some sort of container, do you consider temperature of the storage spot, etc.?

How long do you expect a bag to last you? Why do you buy the size bag that you do? How long do you think a bag is ‘good’ for once opened?

Jimmy answers:

I store the kibble in a plastic container with an air tight lid I purchased at pet co,
I buy 45 lb bags, for I have a large breed dog.
It lasts me about 2-3 weeks.

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