Everyone knows how essential dog food is to dog ownership, and depending on the size of your dog, keeping it in stock can be a real challenge! As a result, you often come back from the grocery store with enough to last you a long time. But once you have the food, you’re going to need a place to keep it.
A place to store your dog food is important for your dog’s health and your peace of mind as an owner. You don’t want your dog’s food up on the counter mixing with yours, but you can’t keep it on the floor out in the open where your dog could turn it into an all-you-can-eat buffet. You can’t keep it in the garage where it could attract bugs and mice or spoil if it gets too hot or cold. The solution? A dog food storage bin, of course!
How to choose the best dog food storage
A dog food canister will help you keep your dog’s food fresh and safe from other hungry housemates, but it’s important that you get the canister that best suits your dog’s needs. We recommend taking a few things into consideration before purchasing your dog food bin.
Type of dog food storage
The dog food storage solutions we have available at Bitch New York are intended for use with dry kibble only. Wet dog food should be kept sealed until it’s needed and then refrigerated or disposed of appropriately. Once opened, wrap the open end of the wet dog food can in aluminum foil and secure it with a rubber band for safe storage in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Don’t mix old food with new food. If you transfer an entire bag of kibble into your storage bin, finish the bin before refilling. If you don’t do this, you could unintentionally contaminate the new food with bacteria from expired dog food.
All of our dog food containers and dog bowls are made with food-safe materials so if you store your dog’s food properly there’s no need to worry about your dog’s safety!
Amount of dog food to store
If you’re like us, you can’t pass up a bargain and you buy your items in bulk when you can. Dog food is no exception, but make sure you don’t buy more food than you can responsibly store. Our smaller size dog food canisters hold 104 oz (6.5 lbs) of dry kibble and our larger sizes hold an entire 17 lb bag of dry dog food. If you buy multiple bags of dog food at once, make sure they remain sealed until you are ready to open a new bag to refill your container.
Sealing the dog food after every feeding helps prevent unnecessary exposure to air and humidity—two factors that can speed up the rate at which the dog food will degrade. This will also decrease any risk of bacterial contamination, which could make you and your dog very sick.
You want your dog food storage bin to be in a place that’s easy for you to access, but difficult for your dog or any other animal companions living under your roof. You should also consider pests like mice, insects, and raccoons.
The location should be cool and dry. Direct sunlight can cause the food to overheat and become rancid and damp conditions could cause mold and bacteria to grow.
What’s the scoop?
A dog food bin isn’t much good without a scoop. Avoid contaminating your dog’s food with your hands and keep your hands from smelling like dog chow with a super cool food-safe dog food scoop.
Choose from a single color or marbled multi-colored work of art. Great for measuring your dog’s daily food intake and keeping them fit and happy.
For dog food solutions on the go, check out our selection of travel dog bowls. Keep a collapsible bowl in your bag if you’re going out for the day with your pup. They’re easy to wash and even easier to store!