1. Keep Unused Pet Food in Sealed Container
PetSaver carries a Bunch of treat/food storage bins that are air tight and super durable. You always want to store dry pet food and treats in a cool, dry place (under 80º F). If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded closed. Always wash and dry your pet food storage containers before refilling them. Storing food in the original packaging has the added benefit of retaining the pet food’s barcode, expiration date, and batch code – all of which are important information to have, especially in the event of a pet food recall. Refrigerate promptly or discard any unused, leftover wet pet food.
2. Wash Your Hands Before/After Handling Pet Food
“We all know that we’re supposed to wash our hands before handling and preparing food,” says Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, “but what you may not know is that the same is true for before and after handling pet food and feeding your pets.” Washing your hands with warm soapy water for about 30 seconds helps keep pet foods from being contaminated with bacteria and other microorganisms, such as Salmonella. It is also important to wash your hands after handling pet food. In the unlikely event the food is contaminated, this simple step can prevent you from becoming ill and possibly spreading the disease to others.
3. Wash Pet Food Bowls, Too
You wouldn’t eat off the same plate or drink out of the same glass, day after day, without washing them between meals, right? Well, the same goes for your pet’s food and water bowls. The FDA recommends washing your pet’s food bowl every day and the water bowl every day or two.
- Purchase products in good condition, without signs of damage to the packaging such as dents or tears.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap before and after handling pet foods and treats.
- Wash pet food bowls, dishes, and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use.
- Do not use the pet’s feeding bowl as a scooping utensil—use a clean, dedicated scoop or spoon.
- Dispose of old or spoiled pet food products in a safe manner, such as in a securely tied plastic bag in a covered trash receptacle.