Keeping Your Dog’s Food Fresh

Keeping your canine companion’s food as fresh as possible is important. Not only does allowing food to go bad waste your hard-earned money, it could harm your pet if they eat it! Learn about some easy ways to keep your dog’s food fresh in this article from your local veterinarian.

Dry Kibble

Generally speaking, factors like humidity, heat, and sunlight are enemies of proper food storage. The same goes for your dog’s dry kibble. Keep your dog’s food in a dry, cool, dim area to make sure it stays as fresh as possible. If your dog’s food bag is resealable, keep the kibble in that bag—it’s made to keep the inner contents airtight and therefore fresh! If the bag isn’t resealable, put the food in an airtight plastic container.

Are mice or other pests an issue in your home? You’ll want to secure your dog’s food in a sealed container of some kind so that it can’t be contaminated.

A final tip: trust your instincts once you’ve opened your dog’s kibble. If it looks or smells off, it’s best to play it safe—contact the manufacturer or the store where you purchased the food and ask for a fresh bag.

Wet/Canned Food

An unopened can of wet dog food can stay good for a long time—years on end, even—if it’s stored properly. Follow the same general rules as you would with dry food; keep your dog’s canned food in a dry, cool area.

Once a can of wet dog food is opened, store unused portions in a container in the refrigerator. Refrigerated wet food will be good for about a week before it’s time to trash it and open a new can.


Being smart about dog food freshness starts even before you’ve brought your pooch’s food home! When you’re in the pet store or a retail outlet picking up your dog’s food, be sure to look for the “sell by” or “best by” date that is printed somewhere on the packaging. Just as you probably do with human food, try to select a package with a date that is as far into the future as you can find—this food is the freshest and will last the longest. If you don’t see a date on the package, don’t purchase it.

In addition to your dog’s regular food, you may want to spoil them with some special treats during the holidays. Check out our article on Holiday Treats for Fido for some fun and safe ideas to show your furry friend some extra love.

Would you like further advice on your dog’s food storage and dietary needs? Contact us, your local animal clinic in St. Lucie County, FL! Our Vet Nutrition and Weight Management services are designed to help you make informed decisions about your dog’s diet, ensuring that they maintain a healthy weight and receive the nutrients they need to thrive. Our experienced veterinarians will work with you to create a personalized nutrition plan tailored to your dog’s unique needs and lifestyle.

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