Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Do you stockpile things that your pets need? It isn’t difficult to do. You can use the same techniques that you already use when you are stockpiling food for your family. Here are some tips that will help you to maximize your savings when stockpiling for your pets.
How long does pet food last?
When you stockpile food for your family, you make sure it is safely stored. You also want to make sure that you use it before it expires. The same is true for pet food. Here is some helpful advice from Greyhound Friends NJ about when pet food will expire:
Canned food – 2 years from the manufacture date
Dry food – 1 year from the manufacture date
Dry food that contains lamb – about 6 months from the manufacturer date
Treats – 1 year from the expiration date
Not sure if the food has expired? Don’t feed it to your pet. You can also check the website of the company that manufacturers the food for more specific details about expiration dates.
Protect the pet food.
Some stockpilers discover that stored pet food may contain bugs. It also might attract ants or rodents. What can you do to protect the pet food you are storing?
* Freeze it – Take the food out of the package. Put it in sealable freezer bags, and store it in your freezer for at least two days . This should kill any bugs that may be in the pet food. Throw away the packaging.
* Store it in metal cans – Rodents will chew through cardboard and plastic packages. They cannot chew through metal. Store your pet food in coffee cans (that have sealable lids). Or, use a big, metal, decorative tin that contained flavored popcorn. Wash it out and use it to store pet food. You should label the can with the expiration date of the pet food that is stored in it.
* Store it in air tight plastic bins – These bins will prevent ants and other bugs from finding the pet food that you have stored. Make sure the lid is firmly closed. Put a label on the bin that shows the expiration date of the pet food that is inside it.
Cover the bedding.
It’s never a bad idea to store a couple of extra pet beds. Many dogs and cats like to tear up their beds. Even the more careful pets will, eventually, need a new bed. Wrap the pet bed in a sealable plastic bag to keep the dust off of it. You may be able to store smaller pet beds in an air tight plastic bin.