As people, we can usually trace a stomach bug back to a recent meal that just so happened to be contaminated. However, for your dog, that may not be the case. It is uncommon for pet food to become contaminated at the factory but more so after the food is in the consumer’s home.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that dog food can become tainted with mold or salmonella if not stored properly, or if mishandled by the pet owner. It is for this reason that you should take precaution about how you store and handle your dog’s food. Here’s what you should know about safely handling and storing your dog’s food.
Keep dog food separate from human food – Dry dog food can easily become contaminated if stored too close to human food or food prep areas. You should always store your dog’s food in its original bag, properly closed, or in a plastic container with a lid.
Store dog food at appropriate temperature – Just like most human food, your dog’s food should be stored in a cool, dry place. The garage may seem like a logical place to store your dog’s food, but don’t because temperatures during the summer months could cause the food to spoil. Be sure that the location you choose to store it does not reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Refrigerate leftovers – If your pup eats wet dog food, be sure to store leftovers or any open containers, in the fridge. The fridge should be set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which inhibits the growth of bacteria. While storing dog food in the fridge, remember to keep your dog’s food, even the leftovers, from making contact with human food by storing the dog’s food in a properly sealed container that is not used for human food.
Handling Pet Food
Not only should you take precautions when handling and storing your dog’s food, but you should also be cognizant about feeding your dog away from the family dinner table or food prep areas.
Do not feed your dog in the kitchen – This may go against the grain for many dog owners but think about it, the kitchen is a breeding ground for bacteria. When you feed your dog there, you are subjecting your pet’s food to a myriad of bacterium lurking in your kitchen.
Keep your children away from the dog food – The CDC recommends that young children not be allowed to feed pets. Children under the age of five should not be exposed to pet food of any kind because of their risk of contracting salmonella.
Always wash your hands – Before and after you handle your dog’s food, always wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any potential bacteria or germs that may be present.
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