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A lot of the pet owners are not aware of the fact that food safety applies to our pets similar to humans. Improperly preserved food might cause serious infections to your pets. This infection can spread to you and your family from the pets if not treated early.
If you love your pet, then I sincerely request you to wash your hands before and after feeding them.
Let me brief up some food safety tips for your pets.
Today freezing and food refrigeration are two major pet food preservation methods being followed through out the world.
Let’s go in detail about the refrigeration, the process of refrigeration is to slow down the food rot, for example, a food not preserved may spoil in a day or two, but if well-refrigerated the food rots at a very slow rate like a week or more.
Freezing in another case ceases the bacterial growth or completely removes spoiling activity as long as the food is frozen.
Both these preservation methods, freezing and refrigeration are used for majority of the pet foods, meat, fruits, and more. Don’t worry deep freezing will not alter the texture nor the taste of your pet food. But fruits tend to lose a bit of texture and not noticeable to your pets.
Refrigeration has minimal effects on the pet food and this is why it is widely adapted around the globe. I usually use a freezerless compact refrigerator only for preserving food for a longer duration of time.
Canned pet food was being fed to animals way back in the early 20th century. The pet food undergoes boiling which kills germs and the can would be sealed during the boiling process to avoid any more new germs from entering the can.
The pet food in the can would not spoil due to the boiling process. But once the canned food is opened the germs start feeding on the food, now you have to refrigerate the food at any cost to avoid germ build.
Cans in general are metal built but we do also get glass based cans. For example, consider milk which is sealed in a aluminium foil type material but is called as canned milk.
The concept of canned milk is similar to the previously explained process of boiling and preserving in the can.
How to Preserve Pet Food in the Refrigerator.
Even refrigerator is not safe to store your pet food, if one of the foods is contaminated that might spread to other foods too. Here is a list of tips to store the pet food including leftover food to avoid the contamination.
Milk and Meat.
When you get your new items may it be milk or meat try not to open the store wraps. Do it only if necessary.
Keeping the food open would again increase the risk of contamination to spread. Place the meat or milk in a container.
Do not unwrap the milk or any diary products until you want to feed your pet. When open keep the milk and other products in a fresh container tightly sealed after use.
Milk is safe to consume or feed your pet as long as it is used within the expiration date.
For more safety tips read the pet food safety guide.
Fruits and Vegetables.
- Vegetable and fruits are to be stored separately in the refrigerator. This is because both have different textures and the aroma is said to mix up when put together.
- If you have fresh fruits or vegetables that are prone to dehydration then store them in a open container to retain moisture.
- Washing or storing the wet fruits would cause mold development on the vegetable and fruits.
Leftover Pet Food.
- Put all the leftover pet food in a sealed container.
- Store the leftovers in different section to cool the food and stop germs from spreading throughout if any.
- We have to bust a myth here, some think storing hot food is not a good idea but the refrigerators can definitely handle the heat so put the pet food without worrying.
- If you have put any stuffing into the food then please remove them and store separately.
- Try not to store food in metal cans which may put in residues of metal into the food.
- Last tip of the day – let some air circulate throughout the fridge so avoid stuffing the fridge full with food.