I don’t always agree with “The Dog-Food Advisor”, but his recent communication hit home with me. For many years, I did what I think a lot of pet owners do. Read more to see if you can relate:
Dear Fellow Dog Lover…I recently ran into a friend who had a rather curious question for me. John wanted to know if I’d heard anything “bad” about the brand of food he’d been feeding his 2-year old Yorkie. At first, Daisy really loved the food. In fact, she was crazy about it. But then suddenly, about 8 weeks later… everything changed. Now, instead of gobbling down her meal, Daisy would walk up to her feeding bowl, sniff the food for a while… drop her tail… and then walk away with NO interest in eating. John was concerned. Yet when I suggested that he try a different food… he resisted. He told me he had purchased a GIANT SIZE BAG while it was on sale. And that he didn’t want to throw out all that unused food. Especially since it was nowhere near its expiration date. So…What could have caused Daisy to react like this? Now, before we blame the brand, let’s take a closer look at something else that may have happened. Something most dog owners never think about. Is it possible the food went bad in John’s home AFTER it was purchased? Now, before you try to answer that question, please keep in mind… EVERY dog food is at its very best on the day it was made… and sealed inside the bag. Or the can. Until the package is actually opened. And the food makes contact with oxygen in the air. At that point…The freshness clock starts ticking. And the quality of the food begins to go steadily downhill… in teeny-tiny amounts…A little more each day. And the aging process continues to degrade the taste, aroma and nutritional value of the food. Until ultimately…It becomes less attractive… less enjoyable… and less nutritious… for your dog. Here’s the point…No dog food suddenly goes bad on its expiration date. No, it’s a gradual process…in fact, from the moment you open any dry kibble, the food will begin to deteriorate. Even when you can’t see what’s happening.
So…Here’s a better freshness strategy